Et voilá, that new series I hinted at last month: We’re going to be talking about Hollywood’s response to the war and how the war affected movies and radio shows produced during that time.
As those of you who have been around Taking Up Room for any length of time have no doubt seen, the nineteen-forties are my favorite decade of Golden Age film, especially movies made during World War Two.
One of the things that’s always fascinated me about that time is that the people in the entertainment industry experienced events we only read about in history books while making movies about those events. They didn’t know what was going to happen next or how the war would turn out, or even when it would all be over. Ergo, movies of the period, good or bad, have a special oomph to them, even if they aren’t specifically about the war. It also affected how accurate a film might be or what points a story would hit.
I have a lot of these movies; in fact, before I started blogging I would watch them in a string, starting with The Wizard of Oz (it was still in theaters when the war began on September 1, 1939), and ending with Love Laughs At Andy Hardy, which was one of the first movies Mickey Rooney made after he got out of the Army.
Naturally, these movies are catalogued. Three pages of film titles, the studios that made them, and release dates. It took a long time to watch all of them and it drove my husband crazy because we would have these giant stacks of DVDs sitting around. He was probably relieved when I turned to blogging.
The idea for this series came about during a conversation with Ari of The Classic Movie Muse when she nominated me for a Sunshine Award. I mentioned my World War Two film fest in answer to her question about how I approach movie watching, and her comment was, basically, “Hollywood and World War Two would make a good series.”
l am in perfect agreement. Years before I became a blogger I toyed with the idea of writing a book about my collection and even penned an intro for it. Who knows what happened to it–it’s probably on an old hard drive somewhere–but either way, this idea has been there.
Since Hollywood’s war effort is such a big topic, I’m not going to pretend this new series is going to be comprehensive or how long it will last. It’ll be somewhat chronological, but more than that, it should be pretty spontaneous. Who knows how many little rabbit trails we might go down before the topic is exhausted. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m excited about that idea because I love research.
All right, look for the first installment next month. I hope you all enjoy this new series, and thanks for reading. Hope to see you back here for the Odd Or Even Blogathon, too, which is coming up on Thursday…
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