World War II on the Big Screen

450+ Films, 1938–2008


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About the Book

World War II has been an endlessly fertile film subject since the late 1930s–even before the United States entered combat. This sweeping study of Hollywood’s depictions of the war, and of the motion picture industry during wartime, describes more than 450 films in roughly chronological order, while providing a historical perspective on the times and the events depicted. Included are such pictures as Casablanca, The Battle of Midway, Der Fuhrer’s Face and Letters from Iwo Jima.

About the Author(s)

Doris Milberg is a former teacher who has written three previous books and more than 100 articles about cinema history.

Bibliographic Details

Doris Milberg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4740-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5574-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Part I. 1938–1945

One—Prelude to War: Fact and Fantasy      7

Two—Scarlett and Rhett, Hitler and War      15

Three—A Tenuous Peace in America      20

Four—The Road to War: December 7, 1941      28

Five—American Mobilizes      38

Six—War Themes: The Making of a Legend      56

Seven—Praise the Lord and Pass the Propaganda      80

Eight—Soldiers in Greasepaint      90

Nine—The Longest Day      96

Ten—The Road to Victory      114

Part II. Après la Guerre: War-Related Films

Eleven—In the Wake of War      131

Twelve—The Best Years of Our Lives      141

Thirteen—The End of the Forties: A Time of Darkness      148

Fourteen—A Changing Scene, a Changing Society:

The Fifties and Sixties      152

Fifteen—Time Marches On: The Seventies and Eighties      175

Sixteen—The End of a Century      193

Seventeen—The Dawning of a New Century      198

Epilogue      205

Selected Bibliography      207

Index      209

Book Reviews & Awards

“superb…thoughtful analysis…an informative and thought provoking read”—On Point.