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Title Hollywood hates Hitler! : Jew-baiting, anti-Nazism, and the Senate investigation into warmongering in motion pictures / Chris Yogerst.
Author Yogerst, Chris, 1983- author.
Publication Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2020]
Description xxi, 209 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call # 384.8097 Y
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Competing ideologies in dangerous times -- Part One: Prequel to the investigation. Hollywood, fascism, and Jew-baiting prior to 1939 ; Hollywood and anti-fascism, 1939-1940 ; Isolationists push back -- Part Two: Senators on the attack. Senator Nye "unloosed" on Hollywood ; Champ Clark doubles down -- Part Three: Disgruntled journalists. John T. Flynn, "nasty man" ; Fidler fiddles ; First recess, media frenzy -- Part Four: Hollywood's defense. Schenck stands strong ; Dietz delivers -- Part Five: Hollywood's victory. Warner's war ; Zanuck, Balaban, and the wild finish ; Second recess, national unity, and the end of the investigation ; Overshadowed by history.
Summary "In September 1941, a handful of isolationist senators set out to tarnish Hollywood for warmongering. The United States was largely divided on the possibility of entering the European War, yet the immigrant moguls in Hollywood were acutely aware of the conditions in Europe. After Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), the gloves came off. Warner Bros. released the first directly anti-Nazi film in 1939 with Confessions of a Nazi Spy. Other studios followed with such films as The Mortal Storm (MGM), Man Hunt (Fox), The Man I Married (Fox), and The Great Dictator (United Artists). While these films represented a small percentage of Hollywood's output, senators took aim at the Jews in Hollywood who were supposedly "agitating us for war" and launched an investigation that resulted in Senate Resolution 152. The resolution was aimed at both radio and movies that "have been extensively used for propaganda purposes designed to influence the public mind in the direction of participation in the European war." When the Senate approved a subcommittee to investigate the intentions of these films, studio bosses were ready and willing to stand up against the government to defend their beloved industry. What followed was a complete embarrassment of the United States Senate and a large victory for Hollywood as well as freedom of speech."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Motion pictures in propaganda -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Motion pictures -- Censorship -- United States.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States.
Anti-Nazi movement in motion pictures.
Isolationism -- United States -- History.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Propaganda in motion pictures.
Anti-Nazi movement in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst00810307
Motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01027285
Motion pictures in propaganda. (OCoLC)fst01027466
Motion pictures -- Censorship. (OCoLC)fst01027303
Motion pictures -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01027353
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Related To Online version: Yogerst, Chris, Hollywood hates Hitler! Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2020. 9781496829771 (DLC) 2020010608
ISBN 9781496829757 hardcover
1496829751 hardcover
9781496829764 paperback
149682976X paperback

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