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A documentary about how Hollywood kept up morale during the years of World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Van Johnson ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vivian Blaine ... Herself

Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage)

Dane Clark ... Himself

Jackie Cooper ... Himself

Gloria DeHaven ... Herself

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself

Evelyn Keyes ... Herself

Hedy Lamarr ... Herself (archive footage)

Joan Leslie ... Herself

Roddy McDowall

Tony Randall ... Himself

Sylvia Sidney ... Herself

Joan Crawford ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Farley Granger ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Schlossberg 
Writing credits
Charles Badaracco (written by)

Produced by
Jonathan Kaplan .... associate producer
Anthony Potenza .... associate producer
Julian Schlossberg .... producer
Film Editing by
Ken Brady 
Production Management
Milly Sherman .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Ron Kirves .... sound mixer
Charles 'Skip' Newman .... sound
David Sperling .... sound
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Hunold .... second electrician
Alex Justowytsch .... assistant camera
Ron Myrvik .... cinematographer: New York
Craig Nelson .... gaffer
Paul Savage .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Terry Katz .... post-production consultant
Robin Klein .... assistant editor
Mark Negreann .... assistant video editor
Steven Scotch-Marmo .... editor: video
Other crew
Paris Jamal .... audio transfer
Andrew Lowe .... photomation
Patricia Melloni .... chyron operator
Ruth Robbins .... graphics coordinator
Randall San Antonio .... production accountant
Phillip Schopper .... creative consultant
Ellen Trost .... business affairs manager
Kiyoko Watanabe .... production coordinator
Stanley Caidin .... special thanks (as Stan Caidin)
Stephen Clarendon .... special thanks
Jim Finn .... special thanks
James Forsher .... special thanks
Mark Governor .... special thanks
Herb Graff .... special thanks
Cathy Haft .... special thanks
Bruce Harris .... special thanks
Joe Lemieux .... special thanks
Andrew Murdoch .... special thanks
Martin Soloway .... special thanks
John Springer .... special thanks

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106 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (archive footage) | Black and White | Color
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Did You Know?

For Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), according to this doc, the MGM studio recreated the section of an air craft carrier flat top on a sound stage large enough to fit four genuine B25 planes whilst a whole sixty foot miniature was also built, placed in the studio tank doubling as the ocean. Moreover, this special effects Academy Award winning movie utilized model planes, hydraulic jacks, wires, motors, pulleys, and a miniature model of Tokyo used to show the bombing of that city with mini explosions.See more »
Van Johnson - Host:There were so many stars. So much talent. So many beautiful women. They just don't make wars like that anymore.See more »
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Features Since You Went Away (1944)See more »


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A decent overview but not a film for serious film buffs, 8 January 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Van Johnson narrates this documentary about Hollywood during WWII. It's a decent overview of the period for the average viewer, however, for the serious film buff the film is severely lacking and COULD have been a lot better. First, although many of the stars in the MANY clips used were identified, many more were not. It was, at times, inexplicable--such as where Dane Clark (a relatively minor star but a very good actor) is identified but John Garfield (a HUGE star) isn't identified! Second, NONE of the movies shown are identified...NONE! So, clip after clip are shown but you might have no idea which movies they are! And, if you like a clip and want to see the entire film, you probably have no idea where to start!! Third, and I think this is a much lesser problem, some of the prints used were pretty poor. Also, as a history teacher I took great exception to Johnson saying that the first victor of the war for the US was Guadalcanal in 1943. What about the Battle of Midway in 1942? It was a HUGE victory--one of the most lopsided and important of the war! So, as a rabid film buff, I was not thrilled by the film at all. But, for most folks, it will be educational and reasonably enjoyable.

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