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The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124063
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134765 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0009
The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941

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This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. about World War 1 which were made during the period from 1938 to 1941. Some of the most notable films during this period include The Fighting 69th and Sergeant York. This chapter discusses the increasing competition for film rights and the competition between Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox. It also suggests that despite of the production of prestige World War 1 films, America's unusual and even remote relationship to the war restricted the purely American forays to elliptical examinations of wartime America and the post-war veteran's anonymous struggle for survival.

Keywords: historical films; U.S.; World War 1; The Fighting 69th; Sergeant York; film rights; Warner Bros.; Twentieth Century Fox

Chapter.  9656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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