Hollywood and Hitler, 1933–1939

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Hollywood and Hitler, 1933–1939
Call No: 791.43 D65h

Call Number791.43 D65h
Statement of ResponsibilityThomas Doherty.
Creators & ContributorsDoherty, Thomas Patrick (author)
Summary"Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), a sensational true tale of 'a Hollywood girl in Naziland!'; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union. Doherty also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films." Publisher
ContentsPrologue: Judenfilm!
  1. Hollywood–Berlin–Hollywood
    • "The Hitler anti-Jew thing"
    • The Aryanization of American imports
    • The Aryanization of Hollywood's payroll
  2. Hitler, a "blah show subject"
    • The disappearance of Jews qua Jews
    • The unmaking of The Mad Dog of Europe
    • "What about the Jews, Your Excellency?": Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.'s Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934)
    • The story of a Hollywood girl in Naziland: I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936)
  3. The Nazis in the newsreels
    • "The Swastika Man"
    • "Naziganda"
  4. The Hollywood anti-Nazi league
    • "Unheil Hitler!"
    • The politics of celebrity
  5. Mussolini Jr. goes Hollywood
  6. The Spanish Civil War in Hollywood
    • "Censored Pap!" Walter Wanger's Blockade (1938)
    • Loyalist Red Screen Propaganda
  7. Foreign imports
    • "German Tongue Talkers"
    • Anti-Nazism in the arty theaters
    • "Nazi Scammers"
  8. "The blight of radical propaganda"
    • Trouble from Rome over Idiot's Delight (1939)
    • Trouble from Berlin over The Road Back (1937)
    • Trouble from Washington with the Dies Committee
  9. Inside Nazi Germany with the March of Time
  10. "Grim Reaper Material"
    • History unreels
    • "The present persecutions in Germany"
  11. There is no room for Leni Riefenstahl in Hollywood
  12. "The only studio with any guts"
    • The Warner Bros. patriotic shorts
    • The activist moguls
    • "The picture that calls a swastika a swastika!": Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
  13. Hollywood goes to war
Epilogue: the motion picture memory of Nazism
Physical Description ix, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Columbia University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted in 2014 by the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation in honour and in memory of Chava and Rabbi Meyer Schwartzman