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Five came back : a story of Hollywood and the Second World War

Author: Mark Harris
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Entertainment columnist Mark Harris gives us the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the prism of five film directors caught up in the war: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios' control of talent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Ford; William Wyler; John Huston; Frank Capra; George Stevens; Frank Capra; John Ford; John Huston; George Stevens; William Wyler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Harris
ISBN: 9781594204302 1594204306 9780143126836 0143126830
OCLC Number: 852221837
Awards: Theatre Library Association Richard Wall Memorial Award, 2014.
Description: 511 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "The Only Way I Could Survive" --
"The Dictates of My Heart and Blood" --
"You Must Not Realize that There is a War Going On" --
"What's the Good of a Message?" --
"The Most Dangerous Fifth Column in Our Country" --
"Do I Have to Wait for Orders?" --
"I've Only Got One German" --
"It's Going to be a Problem and a Battle" --
"All I Know Is That I'm Not Courageous" --
"Can You Use Me?" --
"A Good Partner to Have in Times of Trouble" --
"You Might as Well Run into It as Away from It" --
"Just Enough to Make It Seem Less Than Real" --
"Coming Along with Us Just for Pictures?" --
"How to Live in the Army" --
"I'm the Wrong Man for That Stuff" --
"I Have to Do a Good Job" --
"We Really Don't Know What Goes On Beneath the Surface" --
"If You Believe This, We Thank You" --
"A Sporadic Raid of Sorts on the Continent" --
"If You See It, Shoot It" --
"If Hitler Can Hold Out, So Can I" --
"Time and Us Marches On" --
"Who You Working For-Yourself?" --
"Where I Learned About Life" --
"What's This Picture For?" --
"An Angry Past Commingled with the Future in a Storm" --
"A Straight Face and a Painfully Maturing Mind" --
"Closer to What Is Going On in the World."
Other Titles: 5 came back
Responsibility: Mark Harris.

Abstract:

Entertainment columnist Mark Harris gives us the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the prism of five film directors caught up in the war: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios' control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry's relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy -- hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too un-American in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America's mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew? Following Pearl Harbor, Hollywood had the chance to prove its critics wrong and did so with vigor, turning its talents and its business over to the war effort to an unprecedented extent. No industry professionals played a bigger role in the war than America's most legendary directors: Ford, Wyler, Huston, Capra, and Stevens. Between them they were on the scene of almost every major moment of America's war, and in every branch of service -- Army, Navy, and Air Force; Atlantic and Pacific; from Midway to North Africa; from Normandy to the fall of Paris and the liberation of the Nazi death camps; to the shaping of the message out of Washington, D.C. As it did for so many others, World War II divided the lives of these men into before and after, to an extent that has not been adequately understood. In a larger sense -- even less well understood -- the war divided the history of Hollywood into before and after as well. Harris reckons with that transformation on a human level -- through five unforgettable lives -- and on the level of the industry and the country as a whole. Like these five men, Hollywood too, and indeed all of America, came back from the war having grown up more than a little.
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