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Celluloid Soldiers : Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism, 1934-1941 - Michael E. Birdwell

Celluloid Soldiers

Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism, 1934-1941

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780814713389
Number Of Pages: 272

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"A compact, compelling, and controversial as a Warner Bros. classic,. . . . A strongly executed tour de force." --Journal of American History "Birdwell fruitfully charts the film company's laudable and outspoken stance against Nazism amid the politically charged yet divided loyalties of 1930s' Hollywood." --History (The Journal of the Historical Association), Oct. 2001 "Contributes significantly to our understanding of how Warner Bros. crusaded against fascism from the middle 1930s to Pearl Harbor. Drawing on extensive archival research, Birdwell provides particularly lively discussions of Alvin York's conversion to interventionism during the making ofSergeant Yorkand of the 1941 Nye-Clark Committee investigations of 'premature anti-fascism' in Hollywood." --Charles Maland, University of Tennessee"Will be a lasting contribution, not only on the impact of media on our nation's policies--a topic of concern for most thoughtful people--but also for academics in popular culture studies." --Peter Rollins, Editor-in-Chief, Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television StudiesDuring the 1930s many Americans avoided thinking about war erupting in Europe, believing it of little relevance to their own lives. Yet, the Warner Bros. film studio embarked on a virtual crusade to alert Americans to the growing menace of Nazism.Polish-Jewish immigrants Harry and Jack Warner risked both reputation and fortune to inform the American public of the insidious threat Hitler's regime posed throughout the world. Through a score of films produced during the 1930s and early 1940s-including the pivotalSergeant York-the Warner Bros. studio marshaled its forces to influence the American conscience and push toward intervention in World War II.Celluloid Soldiersoffers a compelling historical look at Warner Bros.'s efforts as the only major studio to promote anti-Nazi activity before the outbreak of the Second World War.

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"A compact, compelling, and controversial as a Warner Bros. classic. . . . A strongly executed tour de force."

-Journal of American History

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Time Linep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Warner Bros. and the Opening Salvos against Nazism, 1934-1939p. 5
Black Legion: Fascism in the Heartlandp. 35
The Road to Confessions of a Nazi Spy and Beyondp. 57
A Change of Heart: Alvin York and the Movie Sergeant Yorkp. 87
Using the Devil's Tool to Do God's Work: Sergeant York, America First, and the Intervention Debatep. 131
Hollywood under the Gun: The Senate Investigation of Propaganda in Motion Picturesp. 154
"This Isn't What We Had in Mind"p. 172
Postscriptp. 177
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 259
About the Authorp. 266
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ISBN: 9780814713389
ISBN-10: 0814713386
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.9  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.54