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A cowboy in combats

Tony Shaw

in Hollywood's Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625239
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625239.003.0008
A cowboy in combats

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This chapter demonstrates how many cinema-goers viewed The Green Berets when the Vietnam War was at its height. The climate of Hollywood-Pentagon cooperation fostered by the threat of communism led to a number of creative projects, designed to sell official Cold War strategy more discreetly. Militant Liberty was one of the most fascinating programmes. John Wayne's covert support for this programme was as predictable as it was valuable for Washington. Evidence indicates that his image and messages could be extremely pervasive. His early campaign to eradicate communist subversives in the early 1950s coincided with the Korean War. The Green Beret was a direct result of the John F. Kennedy administration's efforts to reinvigorate the nation's policy in Vietnam and the public's support for it. It is unashamedly old-fashioned, blood-and-guts patriotic propaganda. It also showed the sometimes highly personal nature of the cinematic state-private network during the Cold War.

Keywords: communism; The Green Berets; Vietnam War; Hollywood; Pentagon; Militant Liberty; John Wayne; Cold War

Chapter.  14680 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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