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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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Our Fighting Allies

Our Fighting Allies

(p.137) 4 Our Fighting Allies
We’ll Always Have the Movies

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines how Hollywood war films presented America's British, Soviet, and Chinese allies as nations to be valued for their uniqueness and their similarity to the U.S. It contends that Hollywood films faced different kinds of problems in representing Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and China as nations to be fought with and fought for. They employed a variety of strategies to convey that each of these nations had a unique history and heritage for which it should be valued and that contrasts with the Nazis and the Japanese. Examples of these films include Passport to Destiny, Ski Patrol, and Secret Agent in Japan.

Keywords:   war films, America's allies, Great Britain, Soviet Union, China, Passport to Destiny, Ski Patrol, Secret Agent in Japan

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