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Film HistoriesAn Introduction and Reader$
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Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovich, and Sharon Monteith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619061

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619061.001.0001

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Wartime, Unity and Alienation

Wartime, Unity and Alienation

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Film Histories

Paul Grainge

Mark Jancovich

Sharon Monteith

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the United States film industry during the Second World War. The film industry and its personnel were recruited for the war effort. Directors such as Frank Capra and John Ford were conscripted into the armed forces where they made a series of documentaries that supported US involvement. Hollywood was also enlisted in other ways. The Office of War Information (OWI) worked with the film industry to mobilise support for the war and maintain morale during it. In the process, a whole host of films sought to illustrate the dangers of the menace posed by the Axis powers. The chapter also includes the study, ‘What to Show the World: The Office of War Information and Hollywood, 1942–1945’ by Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, which examines the OWI and its control over the content of motion-pictures during the Second World War.

Keywords:   film industry, Second World War, Hollywood, Office of War Information, film history, Axis powers, filmmaking, war effort, Clayton R. Koppes, Gregory D. Black

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