In Secrecy's Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979

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Edinburgh University Press, 2017 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
During the Second World War hundreds of Hollywood filmmakers under the command of the legendary director John Ford enlisted in the Office of Strategic Services to produce training, reconnaissance and propaganda films. This wartime bond continued into the post-war period, when a number of studios produced films advocating the creation of a permanent peacetime successor to the Office of Strategic Services: what became the Central Intelligence Agency. By the 1960s, however, Hollywood's increasingly irreverent attitude towards the CIA reflected a growing public anxiety about excessive US government secrecy.

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About the author (2017)

Simon Willmetts is a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull. His research falls broadly within the fields of film history, cultural theory and US foreign policy.

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