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By Michael E. Birdwell

During the Nineteen Thirties many americans refrained from brooding about struggle erupting in Europe, believing it of little relevance to their very own lives. but, the Warner Bros. movie studio launched into a digital campaign to alert americans to the starting to be risk of Nazism.

Polish-Jewish immigrants Harry and Jack Warner risked either recognition and fortune to notify the yank public of the insidious hazard Hitler's regime posed through the global. via a ranking of flicks produced through the Thirties and early 1940s-including the pivotal Sergeant York-the Warner Bros. studio marshaled its forces to persuade the yank moral sense and push towards intervention in global warfare II.

Celluloid squaddies offers a compelling ancient examine Warner Bros.'s efforts because the in simple terms significant studio to advertise anti-Nazi task sooner than the outbreak of the second one global War.

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Jack did not share the zeal of his brother’s righteous rage, and he urged Harry to slow down and not try to fight the Nazis single-handedly. ”165 It would be better, he argued, to leave such things up to the president because he had more access to the public and because “he isn’t a Jew, 32 | Warner Bros. ”166 Warning Americans about the possible threat the Nazis posed to them eventually took its toll on Harry Warner. Obsessed and virtually alone among the moguls, Warner empathized with the biblical pronouncement that a prophet is rarely recognized in his own country.

Each of which owned its own theater chain; and the “Little Three”: Columbia, Universal, and United Artists, which did not. ” The eight majors symbolized Hollywood to the world and churned out mostly escapist fare. , too, made its fair share of schlock, but a number of films defined the studio more concretely after the advent of sound. Although Warner Bros. earned a reputation for frugality bordering on outright cheapness, it also pioneered films with a social conscience. 32 “[T]he detritus of Depression America .

78 Warner Bros. did have a Jew named Kauffman stationed in Germany in 1933, Phil Kauffman, who fled Nazi Germany and took up residence in London. From that safe distance he oversaw the studio’s interests in Nazi Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe. He died suddenly of natural causes in December 1933. 79 The myth fit neatly with the reputation the Warners earned as staunch anti-Nazis and, though untrue, personified the studio’s willingness to oppose Nazism. As the Nazis consolidated their power, they placed more limitations on American films.

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