The sudden fact of war caught Hollywood with its make-up off. Before the first blackout of Los Angeles, the citadel of cinemadom camouflaged its feelings with a vigorous regurgitation of gags. The blackout somehow changed things; everybody wanted to do something to help.
> Studios were besieged with requests from top executives, $50-a-week writers, et al, for contract releases permitting them to enlist or enroll as civilian volunteers.
> Beating the rest of the movie colony to the punch, Actors Gary Grant and Edward G. Robinson each forked out $100,0000 for war charities.
> Paramount pressagents put out the story that one...