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Espionage and ExileFascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film$
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Phyllis Lassner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001

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Leslie Howard: Propaganda Artist

Leslie Howard: Propaganda Artist

(p.118) Chapter 3 Leslie Howard: Propaganda Artist
Espionage and Exile

Phyllis Lassner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is devoted to the wartime radio broadcasts and films of Leslie Howard, which include Pimpernel Smith (1940) and 49th Parallel (1941). Howard worked with the Ministry of Information and independently for two political purposes: to help build British popular support for the war and to encourage Americans to join Britain in defeating Nazi conquest and persecution. He became both a critical and popular voice advocating for Britain, its people and Hitler's targeted victims, rebutting negative connotations of propaganda. His personal voice and anecdotes on radio, combinations of satire, thriller and romance in Pimpernel Smith, and epic thriller in 49th Parallel were designed to forge a mutually sympathetic transatlantic community emanating from his very successful years in America as a Hollywood star.

Keywords:   propaganda, Film, Radio, Nazism, Double Agent, Satire

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