Showbiz Goes to War
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Showbiz Goes to War

Year:
Duration:
USA:90 min
IMDB rate:
8.9
Director:
Gayle Gibson Sedawie
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1982-12-31
Cast
Actor
Character
Bud Abbott
(archive footage)
Larry Adler
(archive footage)
Dana Andrews
(archive footage)
Fred Astaire
(archive footage)
Lucille Ball
(archive footage)
Robert Benchley
(archive footage)
Jack Benny
(archive footage)
Milton Berle
(archive footage)
Vivian Blaine
(archive footage)
Mel Blanc
(archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart
(archive footage)
Joe E. Brown
(archive footage)
James Cagney
(archive footage)
Ken Carpenter
(archive footage)
Gary Cooper
(archive footage)
Lou Costello
(archive footage)
Bing Crosby
(archive footage)
Linda Darnell
(archive footage)
Bette Davis
(archive footage)
Jane Doe
(archive footage)
Jimmy Durante
(archive footage)
Clark Gable
(archive footage)
Judy Garland
(archive footage)
Greer Garson
(archive footage)
Betty Grable
(archive footage)
Cary Grant
(archive footage)
Alan Hale
(archive footage)
Rita Hayworth
(archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
(archive footage)
Bob Hope
(archive footage)
Betty Hutton
(archive footage)
Harry James
(archive footage)
Van Johnson
(archive footage)
Al Jolson
(archive footage)
Danny Kaye
(archive footage)
Gene Kelly
(archive footage)
Kay Kyser
(archive footage)
Hedy Lamarr
(archive footage)
Joan Leslie
(archive footage)
Carole Lombard
(archive footage)
Harpo Marx
(archive footage)
Louis B. Mayer
(archive footage)
Mitzi Mayfair
(archive footage)
Carmen Miranda
(archive footage)
Robert Mitchum
(archive footage)
Gary Moore
(archive footage)
Harry Morgan
(archive footage)
Margaret O'Brien
(archive footage)
Tyrone Power
(archive footage)
Martha Raye
(archive footage)
Ronald Reagan
(archive footage)
Mickey Rooney
(archive footage)
Jane Russell
(archive footage)
Ann Sheridan
(archive footage)
Phil Silvers
(archive footage)
Frank Sinatra
(archive footage)
Barbara Stanwyck
(archive footage)
David Steinberg
Himself - Host
James Stewart
(archive footage)
Lana Turner
(archive footage)
John Wayne
(archive footage)
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Trivia
This documentary that the Japanese in World War II movies were frequently played by Koreans, Hawaiians or Phillipinos. Moreover, Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) states that many Japanese characters in films of the World War II period were actually played by Chinese actors. This was because 112,000 Japanese-Americans, who had lived in the USA for years, were transferred to relocation centers and "stripped of their property" during WW 2.
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According to this documentary, World War II was a time of a great need for entertainment and the movies were a great way for the citizens on the home front to get entertainment. Large movie attendance during the Second World War can be attributed to such factors as gas rationing, limited travel, overcrowding in cities, patriotism, support of the war effort, little or nil unemployment, blackouts, morale building and surprisingly, high wages. Entertainment also came from radio and the stage, the latter of which Hollywood movie stars entertained on, also for the war effort.
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Clips of Second World War war films and Hollywood World War II movies seen and discussed in this documentary include 49th Parallel (1941); To Be or Not to Be (1942); The Fighting Seabees (1944); Stage Door Canteen (1943); and Victory Through Air Power (1943).
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