This week’s Snag Learning film of the week is Going Hollywood: The War Years. Using clips of films made in Hollywood studios during World War II, Going Hollywood: The War Years explains the role of movies in shaping the American public’s knowledge and opinions about WWII. You’ll see clips endorsing the purchase of war bonds, endorsements for enlisting in the army, and clips encouraging viewers to support “our boys.” Some of the actors and actresses appearing in these clips include Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire.
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For teachers of US History, this film could be a good resource for showing students the role of movies in shaping citizens’ actions and attitudes during WWII. You can find discussion/ viewing questions for the film here.