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The Hollywood Propaganda of World War II Paperback – June, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810833107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810833104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a fine overview of a movement that contributed to the war effort... (Films In Review)

The film summaries in the appendix are a handy reference source. (Historical Journal Of Film, Radio And Television)

...lively and engaging...narrative is both informal and delightful....general appeal. (Film & History)

About the Author

Robert Fyne (Ph.D., New York University) is an associate professor of English at Kean University. He has delivered several papers on wartime propaganda and is the author of several articles which have appeared in such journals as Film Library Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television. He currently serves as the book review editor for Film & History and is the author of Long Ago and Far Away: Hollywood and the Second World War (Scarecrow, 2008).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth S. Smith on August 23, 2000
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Did you grow up watching such great classics as "Sergeant York", "A Yank in the RAF", "Sahara", "Flying Tigers", "Wake Island", "Gung Ho", and "Air Force". These are but a few of the great movies made during WWII to bolster American morale. There were also some real stinkers. I never cared much for "Mrs. Miniver", "Dragon Seed", "Days of Glory", and several others that were just plain bad of silly. This book explains the reason behind these films and some of the history of their making. The Office of War Information (OWI) was founded by the government to monitor the content of the war films fed to the American Public and set standards to follow and frameworks to work within. There is some very interesting stuff here. Why was Italy treated as a nonbelligerent? Why were Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania never mentioned? Why was there no distinction of Russian ethnic groups (they were all just simply Russians)? Why were Japanese depicted as barely more than monkeys and the Germans as stupid baffoons, but no racial slurs? This book gives great insight about Hollywood, the movies, and WWII.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1998
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This book was extrodinary, and I recommend for everyone to read and purchase it.
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