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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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The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941

The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941

(p.224) (p.225) 8 The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941
Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. about World War 1 which were made during the period from 1938 to 1941. Some of the most notable films during this period include The Fighting 69th and Sergeant York. This chapter discusses the increasing competition for film rights and the competition between Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox. It also suggests that despite of the production of prestige World War 1 films, America's unusual and even remote relationship to the war restricted the purely American forays to elliptical examinations of wartime America and the post-war veteran's anonymous struggle for survival.

Keywords:   historical films, U.S., World War 1, The Fighting 69th, Sergeant York, film rights, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox

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