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HOLLYWOOD AT WAR -

The Motion Picture Industry During World War II




After the government proclaimed movies as "an essential industry" President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his State of the Union address to Congress in January 1942, explained the six areas around which he felt film propaganda could be based. Movies could be the nation's cheerleader making the average American believe that the enemy was evil, home was worth protecting, and all the danger and difficulties of war were justified. The themes of doing one's part for the war effort, being patriot, helping out were emphasized.


Resource tools: Martin, Mick and Porter, Marsha. Video Movie Guide 2001 Ballantine Publishing, 2000.
Simon, Charnan. Hollywood at War: The Motion Picture Industry and World War II. NY: Franklin Watts: 1995.
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