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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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The War in the Pacific

The War in the Pacific

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(p.67) 2 The War in the Pacific
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We’ll Always Have the Movies
Author(s):

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123868.003.0003

This chapter examines Hollywood war films that were based on actual events in the Pacific theater after Pearl Harbor and how they link those events into a coherent narrative. Examples of these films include They Were Expandable, Bombardier, and Wake Island. The chapter argues that these films functioned in several important ways. They filled in the narrative gaps left by newspaper accounts of the events and they used these stories to justify America's efforts in the Pacific.

Keywords:   war films, Pearl Harbor, They Were Expandable, Bombardier, Wake Island, Hollywood films

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