World War II on the Big Screen: 450+ Films, 1938-2008

World War II on the Big Screen: 450+ Films, 1938-2008

Doris Milberg

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0786447400

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

World War II has been an endlessly fertile film subject since the late 1930s--even before the United States entered combat. This sweeping study of Hollywood's depictions of the war, and of the motion picture industry during wartime, describes more than 450 films in roughly chronological order, while providing a historical perspective on the times and the events depicted. Included are such pictures as Casablanca, The Battle of Midway, Der Fuhrer's Face and Letters from Iwo Jima.

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Be credible, but each in its own way is original and entertaining. The best of them is The Pied Piper (Twentieth Century–Fox), which 48 PART I. 1938–1945 is about a crotchety old English gentleman caught in France at the outset of the German invasion. He finds himself saddled with a group of children trying to get to England. Monty Woolley plays the title role to perfection and he is surrounded by a first-rate supporting cast including Anne Baxter, Roddy McDowall and Otto Preminger, the latter.

Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen” and a rousing version of “God Bless America,” sung by the popular Kate Smith. An interesting group of supporting players includes singer Frances Langford plus character actors George Tobias and Alan Hale. An extra added attraction is the appearance of Sergeant Joe Louis, heavyweight boxing champion of the world. (Louis was persona non grata in Germany as he had beaten German boxer Max Schmeling for the heavyweight title of the world.) The film was a.

The time). Among the stars contributing their talents are Jane Wyman, Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Jack Carson, Ida Lupino, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and cowboy star Roy Rogers in a sequence with Trigger, his famous palomino. Roy introduces Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In,” which became a huge hit for Rogers as well as for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Interestingly enough, “Don’t Fence Me In” was not nominated for an Oscar; a lesser-known tune, “Sweet Dreams Sweetheart,” from the film.

Television series. One year after Son of Lassie, Pal was seen as Bill in Courage of Lassie, this time co-starring with old chum Elizabeth Taylor, with whom she/he had appeared in Lassie Come Home. War hero Bill returns to his young 122 PART I. 1938–1945 mistress with a psychological disorder, but is cured by her love and by the help of a man, played by Frank Morgan, who goes to court to defend him when he is condemned to die. A question is raised, why the title? The answer is that Lassie’s.

Based on the true story of a Swedish businessman who is induced by a British official to pose as a Nazi sympathizer. Only at the finale, after several harrowing incidents, does his heroism become known to his family and friends. It was shot on location in Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Stockholm; William Holden stars in the title role and is ably supported by Lilli Palmer as an Allied agent (she does not survive) and Hugh Griffith as the Britisher. Von Ryan’s Express, a Twentieth Century–Fox 1965.

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