The Theater of War

Nat Segaloff

in Arthur Penn

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129761
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135502 | DOI:
The Theater of War

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If Hitler allowed him to have a theater, Arthur Penn decided that the theater would be his future after he was drafted. Everything, however, was held at bay because of World War II. Private Penn reported for induction in January 1943 when the “Arsenal of Democracy” was still found to be far from victory. These privates believed that they were being trained to be “replacements” or “repos” for the GIs that would be sent to the front lines to replace the troops that have already fallen. After the induction at Fort Dix, Penn was sent to Fort Jackson in South Carolina where he had basic training. He was destined to be a part of the infantry. During this period, Penn encountered Fred Coe, codirector of the Town Theater. The Fort Boys who served as actors were shipped abroad for combat, and were given a lounge in the Sumter Street structure.

Keywords: Arthur Penn; Town Theater; Sumter Street structure; Fred Coe; Fort Dix; replacements; Fort Boys

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Subjects: Film

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