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We’ll Always Have the MoviesAmerican Cinema during World War II$
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Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123868

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123868.001.0001

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Before Pearl Harbor

Before Pearl Harbor

(p.26) 1 Before Pearl Harbor
We’ll Always Have the Movies

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines war films made in Hollywood prior to the U.S.'s entry into World War 2. It suggests the film studios balanced anti-Nazism, the pro-intervention positions of Hollywood executives, and Americans' more isolationist stance. It argues that most of the pre-war films had prepared viewers to consider Nazi Germany as a threat to America and about America's potential role in the war. These films include Shadows over Shanghai and Mr. Wong in Chinatown.

Keywords:   war films, Hollywood, U.S., World War 2, anti-Nazism, isolationist stance, Shadows Over Shanghai, Mr. Wong in Chinatown

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