Cinema: Shellshock

In 1914 movies were not an important U. S. export, and the U. S. cinema industry was as isolationist as the rest of the nation. World War II found both the U. S. and its cinema industry in a different frame of mind. Though U. S. cinemagnates have gesticulated for months about the necessity for putting their $2,000,000,000 investment on a war basis, the effect of war on shellshocked Hollywood last week was an incalculable crossfire of fears, dangers, hopes.

Production made the most immediate news. Studios jittered over the return of stars from War zones, publicity releases painted a terrifying picture...

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