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A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942

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/9780813124063.003.0011
A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942

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This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. that focused on the Hollywood film industry, made during the period from 1939 to 1942. In 1939 Hollywood produced an unprecedented twenty-seven major American historical films. The year was saturated with critical and box-office successes, ranging from adaptations of the classics of English literature, but American historical films far outnumbered any other A-level genre or cycle. Some of the most notable films during this period include Darryl Zanuck's Hollywood Cavalcade, Lewis Jacob's Rise of the American Film and Margaret Farrand Thorp's America at the Movies.

Keywords: historical films; film industry; U.S.; Hollywood Cavalcades; Darryl Zanuck; Lewis Jacob; Margaret Farrand Thorp

Chapter.  11217 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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