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Reconstructing American Historical CinemaFrom Cimarron to Citizen Kane$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124063

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.001.0001

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A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942

A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942

(p.279) 10 A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942
Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. that focused on the Hollywood film industry, made during the period from 1939 to 1942. In 1939 Hollywood produced an unprecedented twenty-seven major American historical films. The year was saturated with critical and box-office successes, ranging from adaptations of the classics of English literature, but American historical films far outnumbered any other A-level genre or cycle. Some of the most notable films during this period include Darryl Zanuck's Hollywood Cavalcade, Lewis Jacob's Rise of the American Film and Margaret Farrand Thorp's America at the Movies.

Keywords:   historical films, film industry, U.S., Hollywood Cavalcades, Darryl Zanuck, Lewis Jacob, Margaret Farrand Thorp

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