Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.'s Campaign Against Nazism

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NYU Press, Dec 1, 2000 - History - 272 pages
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During the 1930s many Americans avoided thinking about war erupting in Europe, believing it of little relevance to their own lives. Yet, the Warner Bros. film studio embarked on a virtual crusade to alert Americans to the growing menace of Nazism.

Polish-Jewish immigrants Harry and Jack Warner risked both reputation and fortune to inform the American public of the insidious threat Hitler's regime posed throughout the world. Through a score of films produced during the 1930s and early 1940s-including the pivotal Sergeant York-the Warner Bros. studio marshaled its forces to influence the American conscience and push toward intervention in World War II.

Celluloid Soldiers offers a compelling historical look at Warner Bros.'s efforts as the only major studio to promote anti-Nazi activity before the outbreak of the Second World War.

  

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Contents

Warner Bros and the Opening Salvos against Nazism 19341939
5
Black Legion Fascism in the Heartland
35
The Road to Confessions of a Nazi Spy and Beyond
57
A Change of Heart Alvin York and the Movie Sergeant York
87
Using the Devils Tool to Do Gods Work Sergeant York America First and the Intervention Debate
131
Hollywood under the Gun The Senate Investigation of Propaganda in Motion Pictures
154
This Isnt What We Had in Mind
172
Postscript
177
Notes
179
Bibliography
225
Index
259
About the Author
266
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Michael E. Birdwell is an Assistant Professor in History at Tennessee Tech and Curator of Alvin C. York's Papers. His work has been published in Film History, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Columbia Companion to Film, and several other journals.

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