My original intention was to have this posted on the Fourth of July (I never call it Independence Day) and have a nice little patriotic theme going. I’m a little late. I intended to have it in the bag and scheduled to go the morning of July 4th, but Netflix sent me a damaged disc last week and that set me back a few days while waiting for a replacement. Plus, schoolwork. Plus, workwork. Plus, I hate myself and can’t do anything right. Well, there’s always next year for the other movies I had intended to review!
So here’s the deal: during World War II, Hollywood and the government rallied together with all kinds of fundraisers and, basically, what amounted to propaganda films in order to work the country up into a patriotic fervor. The idea was to inspire Americans to give the war their fullest support and to encourage them do all they could over here to support the boys over there. I thought it would be fun to watch a bunch of these films in a relatively short time and then talk about them. Whether it’ll be fun for anyone to read is another matter.
Oh, and be sure to check out what I had to say about another patriotic WWII-era film– Star Spangled Rhythm! Now, here we go…
1944, Warner Bros. Pictures
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The Hollywood Canteen was a real place located in (duh) Hollywood, California. It opened in October 3, 1942 and closed November 22, 1945. It catered exclusively to servicemen and featured dancing, food and entertainment. On any given night, you could find members of Hollywood performing, cooking, cleaning, serving food or simply chatting with the servicemen. Actors Bette Davis and John Garfield are considered the driving forces behind the Hollywood Canteen. Basically, any notable musician or actor volunteered his or her time at the Canteen.