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How Hollywood Encouraged Recruitment for WWII

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How Hollywood Encouraged Recruitment for WWII

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While stars like Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable enlisted and served during WWII, directors like John Ford would bring military footage of the Pacific conflict straight to American viewers.


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The movie industry was born in West Orange, NJ in 1893 by Thomas Edison. Within thirty years, Hollywood grew into America's fourth largest, and by far most glamorous, industry. Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood, when actors became global celebrities, moguls became millionaires, and the entire nation became movie crazy. Using digitally remastered news footage, rare studio archives, and home movie footage, look back on the dawn and meteoric rise of Tinseltown in color.

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