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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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American Men and Women

American Men and Women

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(p.216) 6 American Men and Women
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We’ll Always Have the Movies
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Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123868.003.0007

This chapter examines the presentation of American men and women in Hollywood World War 2 films. It suggests this presentation revised traditional film constructions of masculinity and femininity because wartime needs forced a major reworking of male and female types. It also argues that the changed gender roles seem to anticipate changes in the post-war world including the corporate-conformist culture of the 1950s and the feminist movement of the 1960s and beyond. Examples of these films include A Guy Named Joe, So Proudly We Hail!, and To Have and Have Not.

Keywords:   war films, World War 2, gender roles, A Guy Named Joe, So Proudly We Hail!, To Have and Have Not

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