90 minute documentary about Hollywood during the war years of World War II and the part they played in assisting the war effort and the kinds of movies and war movies that were made during that era. Features a large number of classic clips from old 1940s movies, newsreel footage, shorts and cartoons, in both colour and black-and-white. Written by
Did You Know?
On the wartime movie Stage Door Canteen
(1943), this program notes that "In 1943, Hollywood glorified New York's Stage Door Canteen in a movie of the same name and the public responded to its wartime sentiments by making it a big box-office attraction because the story was sympathetic to the romantic problems of the hostesses who fell in love with soldiers scheduled to go overseas. Audiences could identify with the theme of wartime separation because they were living it themselves . . . Stage Door Canteen was pure propaganda but it pointed out the loneliness of men and women during the [Second World] war when Saturday night was the loneliest night of the week." See more
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