The War in the Pacific

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:
The War in the Pacific

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This chapter examines Hollywood war films that were based on actual events in the Pacific theater after Pearl Harbor and how they link those events into a coherent narrative. Examples of these films include They Were Expandable, Bombardier, and Wake Island. The chapter argues that these films functioned in several important ways. They filled in the narrative gaps left by newspaper accounts of the events and they used these stories to justify America's efforts in the Pacific.

Keywords: war films; Pearl Harbor; They Were Expandable; Bombardier; Wake Island; Hollywood films

Chapter.  14621 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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