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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

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

Robert L. McLaughlin

Sally E. Parry

University Press of Kentucky

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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