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Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s

Iwan Morgan and Philip John Davies


This edited collection draws together the works of film experts in the UK and USA. It challenges the popular memory of 1930s Hollywood as a dream factory producing escapist movies to distract America from the greatest economic crisis in the nation’s history. It demonstrates how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal reform programme and the emerging threat of fascism in Europe impacted significantly on the politics and output of the film industry. The opening section, on Hollywood politics and values, explores the political division between moguls, liberals and radicals, analyses how Columbia Pic ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, Great Depression, films, politics, 1930s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748699926
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iwan Morgan, editor
University College London

Philip John Davies, editor
Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

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Part I Hollywood Politics and Values

Part II Stars

Part III Movies