Before Pearl Harbor

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

in We’ll Always Have the Movies

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123868
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134840 | DOI:
Before Pearl Harbor

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This chapter examines war films made in Hollywood prior to the U.S.'s entry into World War 2. It suggests the film studios balanced anti-Nazism, the pro-intervention positions of Hollywood executives, and Americans' more isolationist stance. It argues that most of the pre-war films had prepared viewers to consider Nazi Germany as a threat to America and about America's potential role in the war. These films include Shadows over Shanghai and Mr. Wong in Chinatown.

Keywords: war films; Hollywood; U.S.; World War 2; anti-Nazism; isolationist stance; Shadows Over Shanghai; Mr. Wong in Chinatown

Chapter.  17687 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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