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Michelle Malkin - The lost patriots of Hollywood
townhall.com ^ | 6/23/04 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 06/22/2004 10:32:50 PM PDT by kattracks

Once upon a time, there were people in Hollywood who loved America. And when America came under attack from enemies abroad, these actors, producers, screenwriters and directors put aside their partisan differences and created movies that -- unlike Michael Moore's new schlockumentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- made all moviegoers proud to be Americans.

 During World War II, Tinseltown roused the country's fighting spirit instead of trying to stifle it. In February 1941, the entertainment industry convened an extraordinary Academy Awards ceremony. The president of the Motion Picture Association, independent movie mogul and World War I pilot and intelligence officer Walter Wanger, went out of his way to use the Academy Award ceremony to support the war effort. Wanger invited President Roosevelt to address the crowd.

 In an unprecedented radio speech simulcast on all three major networks at the time, FDR praised Hollywood for its wartime fundraising efforts and thanked filmmakers for "sanctifying the American way of life."

 Can you imagine Hollywood extending such an invitation to President Bush today? Can you imagine CBS, ABC and NBC agreeing to simulcast such an event? And can you imagine the howling from the ACLU, ethnic groups, Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn if President Bush were allowed to appear at the Academy Awards to speak in support of "sanctifying the American way of life"?

 The best actor award in 1942 went to Gary Cooper, for his morale-boosting performance as the deeply religious backwoods Tennessee Cumberland Mountains farmer and World War I hero Sergeant Alvin C. York in Howard Hawks' patriotic movie, "Sergeant York."

 Can you imagine anyone in the entertainment industry (besides Mel Gibson) making a movie about a deeply religious backwoods farmer-turned-soldier today that didn't denigrate the character's born-again Christian background and conservative values?

 Hollywood celebrities of the past didn't just play soldiers in front of the cameras. They volunteered to put their lives on the line for America. Clark Gable joined the Army Air Corps at 41, became a B-17 air gunner, and earned the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Jimmy Stewart led B-24 bombing raids over Germany. They both appeared in pro-America documentaries, produced by the military-operated First Motion Picture Unit, when not in combat. Director Frank Capra made films for the U.S. government, including the seven-part "Why We Fight (1942-44)." Big-band leader Glenn Miller led the U.S. Army Air Force band in Europe and died for his country when his plane went down in the English Channel.

 Can you imagine George Clooney putting down the basketball and picking up an M-4? Or Chris Rock and Jon Stewart cracking codes instead of jokes? Or Brad Pitt wearing combat boots for real combat instead of a Vanity Fair photo shoot? Or Spike Lee directing films defending the War on Terror? Or Eminem marching in step with the Army Air Force band?

 Those who stayed behind during World War II starred in countless films -- "Action in the North Atlantic," "Arise, My Love," "All Through the Night," "Bataan," "The Battle of Midway," "Captains of the Clouds," "Desperate Journey," "Destination Tokyo," "Escape," "Flying Tigers," "Foreign Correspondent," "The Great Dictator," "Gung Ho!" "The Mortal Storm," "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing," "So Proudly We Hail!" "Wake Island," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," to name just a few -- which rallied Americans through the long, dark days of the war to support the Allied cause. The movies depicted good and evil in stark terms. And there was no politically correct revisionism about who our enemies were.

 By contrast, even tough-guy Arnold Schwarzenegger failed to stand up to Hollywood mushies who were afraid to depict Arab terrorists in his post-Sept. 11 movie, "Collateral Damage." Instead of encouraging Americans to confront the true face and nature of the Islamist threat, Schwarzenegger and his producers turned the Arab terrorists into Colombian terrorists so no one would complain about "racial profiling." Similarly, Steven Spielberg's new movie about an asylum-seeker, "The Terminal," indulges in weak-willed liberal escapism by demonizing Department of Homeland Security officials just trying to do their jobs.

 Box-office patriotism is dead. And so I ask: If Hollywood refuses to support America, why should we support Hollywood?

Michelle Malkin is a syndicated columnist and maintains her weblog at michellemalkin.com

©2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activistactors; antiamericanism; boycott; boycotthollywood; culturewar; defundtheleft; frankcapra; hollywood; hollywoodliberals; jimmystewart; michellemalkin; movies; putuporshutup; shutupandsing; stagedoorcanteen; thisisthearmy; usefulidiots; whywefight

1 posted on 06/22/2004 10:32:51 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
If Hollywood refuses to support America, why should we support Hollywood?

I haven't supported them for years Michelle.
2 posted on 06/22/2004 10:37:39 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: kattracks

Why indeed should we support those who hate America with passion? Hollywood has done nothing to show they support America in her hour of need.


3 posted on 06/22/2004 10:38:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kattracks

MM Bump


4 posted on 06/22/2004 10:38:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... In Memoriam Ronaldus Magnus)
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To: kattracks
I hate Hollywood.

What pains me is the fact that most of the sheeple suck their crap up.

5 posted on 06/22/2004 10:43:29 PM PDT by Looking4Truth (NEVER trust Muslims to keep their word.)
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To: John Lenin
Besides, haven't the entertainment industry figured out that blatantly Leftist-oriented movies don't make money?

I mean, look at two of the biggest hits so far this year, The Passion of the Christ and Shrek 2; the former movie made devout Christians come out to see the movie in droves and the latter movie was in many ways a brilliant satire and parody of the entire Hollywood culture's self-indulgent attitude.

6 posted on 06/22/2004 10:45:53 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Looking4Truth

With the exception of the occasional movie, I find myself enjoying TV shows on DVD. Hollywood's fare hasn't been all that impressive to get me to snap up movies on a regular basis.


7 posted on 06/22/2004 10:48:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kattracks
Michele always makes a good read. I'm thinking Mel Gibson is about as close to a John Wayne figure as we have these days. I've paid money for three movies in the last year: Seabiscuit, Something's Gotta Give and The Passion.

I can agree with the Islamicists about one thing: our popular culture, foisted on the world by Hollywood, really stinks.

8 posted on 06/22/2004 10:50:05 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: RayChuang88

Hollywood won't clean up the Leftist filth in movies until it hits them in the pocketbook.


9 posted on 06/22/2004 10:50:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: kattracks

Last movie I saw in the theater in the past 2-3 years was Passion of the Christ. They don't produce much that I want to see and if I have a slight interest, I rent them on DVD.

Simply put, they are not getting much money from me to put out their crap.


10 posted on 06/22/2004 10:53:46 PM PDT by dmanLA
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To: kattracks

"Clark Gable joined the Army Air Corps at 41, became a B-17 air gunner, and earned the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross."

Clark Cable BUMP! And he lost the love of his life, Carole Lombard, who died in a plane crash on a War Bonds tour.

Of all the new celebs she names the only two who might not be guilty as charged are Jon Steward and Chris Rock. I actually can picture them cracking enemy code, or wanting to anyway.

Soon enough, maybe, these jerks will realize Bush is not the enemy. President Bush for all his faults and failings, and even inasmuch as he may disappoint some of us on the right, doesn't actually want to cut anybody's head off.


11 posted on 06/22/2004 10:53:51 PM PDT by jocon307 (help....I lost my tagline! wait I found it: Immigration Moratorium NOW!)
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To: kattracks

Correction to Michelle Malkin, the bad guys in collateral damage were neo-nazis so as not to incite hatred against islamic terrorists.


12 posted on 06/22/2004 10:53:55 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: kattracks

Good posting (you're on a roll). If you look at the movies which make money (The Passion, Saving Private Ryan, & Schindler's List, for example) and the ones which lose money (The Last Temptation of Christ & Revolution come to mind), you'll see the public wants a different kind of entertainment than most Hollywood types want to provide.

What keeps so much leftist dreck coming out of Hollywood is that if a movie loses money, the distributors don't have to endure the financial losses. They are allowed to turn the loss into a tax write-off. As a result, movies that alienate and offend the audiences are indirectly subsidized by the American taxpayer. So refusing to pay to see unpatriotic, politically-correct, or anti-Christian movies does nothing to penalize those distribute them.

If more people were aware of this, maybe it could be changed. But I'm not optimistic.


13 posted on 06/22/2004 11:09:15 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: television is just wrong

You're thinking of "The Sum of All Fears". The studio changed Tom Clancy's bad guys from Arabs to neo-Nazis. "Collateral Damage" changed Arabs to Columbians.


14 posted on 06/22/2004 11:11:24 PM PDT by Deb (Democrats HATE America...there's no other explanation.)
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To: Deb

You are right...both your post and your tagline...


15 posted on 06/22/2004 11:25:21 PM PDT by JDoutrider (In God We Trust...)
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For those wishing to 'check up' on Hollywood and other celebs, I find this page to be absolutely priceless...

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/hof.php

It lists ALL the political donations these people have made since the late 1970s.

It's definitely depressing, but when you're feeling like no celebs are on our side, look at the sports listings (middle right-hand side of the page). Those guys are patriots!


16 posted on 06/22/2004 11:35:19 PM PDT by john_virtue
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To: kattracks

17 posted on 06/22/2004 11:41:30 PM PDT by wardaddy (It maytake at least 1,000,000 deaths on US soil to bring America to a true war footing....sadly.)
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To: kattracks
"During World War II, Tinseltown roused the country's fighting spirit instead of trying to stifle it."

Of course they did, Michelle. They had to save communist Russia.

18 posted on 06/22/2004 11:56:27 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: television is just wrong

I didn't see Collateral Damage (which was the movie that was postponed after 9-11), are you sure you aren't thinking of the movie based on the Tom Clancey novel?


19 posted on 06/23/2004 12:31:38 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: GVgirl
I can agree with the Islamicists about one thing: our popular culture, foisted on the world by Hollywood, really stinks.

Ah but look around the world and you won't necessarily find "better" culture. At least in America, nudity is still kept off the broadcast networks as is profanity, and there is no government news network. There are no commercial broadcasts of racial superiority/inferiority programming (only on public access will you find that bunk).

Scatological porn, bestiality porn, and child porn are all kept out of the marketplace (although some places in "enlightened" Europe tolerate them).

Our "news" broadcasts may highlight death and disaster but they are largely blood free (no grue is seen in the multiple car accidents televised every night). In Mexico there are entire magazines devoted to death photos.

The "mondo film" craze came up to speed in the 1960s (starting with the Italian film Mondo Cane). While mondo films still got distribution on video in American through the 1990s, they got theatrically released in other countries (where they were produced). Faces of Death type mondo films often took news footage of murders, suicides, accidents, executions, etc. for their compilations.

America does have a lot of trashy culture that is pumped out to the rest of the world. Then again the rest of the world is consuming much of it and offering their own trash (often more explicit/distasteful).

There are many times where more "enlightened" countries call America "prudish" or "puritanical".

Islamist culture is oppressive and ugly in its own regards.

20 posted on 06/23/2004 12:44:34 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: kattracks

bttt


21 posted on 06/23/2004 1:54:04 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: kattracks

And the most distressing thing about the present attitude of Hollywood - that the Islamic jihadists have full moral equivalence with the Western ideals - Hollywood would be one of the FIRST targets of Islamic fundamentalism should they get any foothold in the US. They may already be a target and don't realize it.


22 posted on 06/23/2004 5:49:35 AM PDT by alloysteel (Opinionated bigotry - not just a tag line, a way of life.)
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To: weegee

I think I was confused over the two films. Sorry for the confusion.


23 posted on 06/23/2004 6:36:39 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: weegee

Well you're right about that. And I dare say the international popularity of "beheading videos" may be the Islamic porn.


24 posted on 06/23/2004 7:15:53 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: kattracks
Well maybe I'll make an exception and see this one. I hear Disney is passing out Bible study guides if you buy advance tickets. Imagine that!

http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/heartandsoul/flash.html
25 posted on 06/23/2004 10:30:02 AM PDT by dmanLA
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To: kattracks
"In February 1941, the entertainment industry convened an extraordinary Academy Awards ceremony. The president of the Motion Picture Association, independent movie mogul and World War I pilot and intelligence officer Walter Wanger, went out of his way to use the Academy Award ceremony to support the war effort. Wanger invited President Roosevelt to address the crowd."

Wasn't the attack on Pearl Harbor not until DECEMBER '41? What war effort was this guy supporting?

26 posted on 06/23/2004 10:34:52 AM PDT by safeasthebanks
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To: dmanLA

Bible Study guides? I've never heard of this movie.

Trailer looks cool. But... Disney? Mellencamp?

Be afraid.

Dan


27 posted on 06/23/2004 10:45:45 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: GVgirl

Beheading videos are recruitment tapes. They are also sent to the media (which airs them) to scare opponents from speaking out ("your next!").


28 posted on 06/23/2004 12:46:25 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: safeasthebanks

Even before we entered the war, there was "support" for England. Somewhere I have a matchbook with a slogan to that effect.


29 posted on 06/23/2004 12:49:08 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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Rules, folks.

You all know the rules.
30 posted on 06/23/2004 12:49:11 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: kattracks

Enough said.........

31 posted on 06/23/2004 12:56:16 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: dmanLA
Another recommended Disney "exception" you may consider is the limited time DVD release of WALT Disney's WWII war effort cartoons (shorts and feature):

Walt Disney on the Front Lines

Disc 1:

Propaganda & Entertainment Shorts
Donald Gets Drafted, The Army Mascot, The Vanishing Private, Sky Trooper, Private Pluto, Fall Out; Fall In, Victory Vehicles, The Old Army Game, Home Defense, How to be a Sailor, Commando Duck

Educational Shorts
Thrifty Pig, Seven Wise Dwarfs, Food Will Win the War, Out of the Frying Pan and into the Firing Line, Donald's Decision, All Together, The New Spirit, The Spirit of '43, The Winged Scourge, Defense Against Invasion, The Grain that Built a Hemisphere, Cleanliness Brings Health, The Unseen Enemy (What is Disease?), Planning for Good Eating

From the Vault
Der Fuehrer's Face, Education for Death, Reason and Emotion, Chicken Little

Disc 2: Victory Through Air Power (1943 feature film)

Training Shorts: Four Methods of Flush Riveting, Stop That Tank, Training Film Montage

Bonus Features: On the Set of V.T.A.P., Theatrical Trailer, Galleries, Conversations

Running Time: 383 Minutes (218 on Disc One) / Rating: Not Rated 1.33:1 Fullscreen (Original Ratio) / Dolby Digital Mono (English) Originally Released between 1941 and 1945

Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned / DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004

Two single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9); Suggested Retail Price: $32.99

A well made set hosted by Leonard Maltin. This set was postponed twice and Disney Inc. has long withheld many of these shorts from the public (including a complete Der Fuerher's Face and the feature Victory Through Air Power).

A synopsis/review of the contents can be found here:

http://www.ultimatedisney.com/onthefrontlines.html


32 posted on 06/23/2004 1:00:52 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: alloysteel
The left would rather win political office than the war.

Then again, Hollywood supported communism over America's constitution and form of government as well.

33 posted on 06/23/2004 1:03:08 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: kattracks
Jimmy Stewart led B-24 bombing raids over Germany.

When Stewart returned home, he forbade any use of his service record to publicize his movies. Jimmy Stewart was a patriot with a capital P.

34 posted on 06/23/2004 1:12:31 PM PDT by laredo44 (Liberty is not the problem..)
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To: goldstategop
Hollywood won't clean up the Leftist filth in movies until it hits them in the pocketbook.

You'd think that with the success of The Passion of the Christ the entertainment industry would get a clue and stop pandering (literally!) to the Fringe Left and losing a boatload of money along the way.

I mean, think about the biggest moneymakers from the movies in the past 15 years--almost NONE of them blatantly espouse a Leftist view. The Hollywood Left must be on a self-indulgent ego trip, to say the least.

35 posted on 06/23/2004 1:18:12 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: kattracks
Ahem. Hollywood supported the war effort in WWII because the Soviet Union was on our side. The Hollywood of the '40s was as red as the Hollywood of today, but they allied themselves with the United States to save Uncle Joe's tail end.
36 posted on 06/23/2004 1:22:45 PM PDT by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: laredo44
Ted Williams could have even ranked higher in the record books if he hadn't joined up in two wars (WWII and Korea) to fight.

There are people who put country before career/self.

37 posted on 06/23/2004 1:36:30 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: laredo44

The last time I saw Ted Williams was on the eve of the 1992 election when he spoke at a rally to re-elect George HW Bush.


38 posted on 06/23/2004 1:37:25 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: LibertyThug

Bump. Ok, I won't complain as loudly when you want to watch old B&W movies anymore... ;-)


39 posted on 06/23/2004 5:34:38 PM PDT by Akira (Dyin' ain't much of a livin')
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To: kattracks
The last movies I saw in the theatre was LOTR trilogy and Star Wars (well, Lucas isn't blatent about his liberalism)

Nothing else to offer my money for them.

40 posted on 06/23/2004 5:45:07 PM PDT by Maigrey (Daniel Pearle - Nick Berg - Paul Johnson - Kim Sun-il - When will this end?)
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To: kattracks
Jimmy Stewart led B-24 bombing raids over Germany.

When the younguns talk about war/patriotism, I tell them about Stewart putting
on weight so the military would take him.
In other words, he gained weight and put his very successful movie
career on hold in order to take his chances of getting killed by a German bullet or flak.
41 posted on 06/23/2004 5:54:39 PM PDT by VOA
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To: kattracks; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; mickie; lainde; international american; sauropod; ...
Pinging Michelle's list...


42 posted on 06/23/2004 11:09:03 PM PDT by cgk (3000+ 9/11. Pearl, Fallujah, Berg, Jacobs, Scroggs, Johnson, Sun-il... Never forget. Never Again!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is that "all in the name of entertainment"?


43 posted on 06/24/2004 1:27:01 AM PDT by malia (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: Deb
This pro-Arab bias is incredibly blatant.

We are going less frequently to movies than we used. We loved the film "Gods and Generals" though apparently it wasn't for everyone. "The Passion," "The Last Samurai," "Master and Commander," and "Miracle" are some of the top recent films on my husband's list.

Michelle is having a new book come out in September and also a paperback edition of "Invasion."

44 posted on 06/24/2004 3:40:39 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

We still have Willis


45 posted on 06/24/2004 3:54:54 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: kattracks

I believe the reason Hollywood produced anti-Axis Movies had nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with Communism.


Before Hitler double-crossed his ally Joe Stalin, leftists in America like Bella Abzug were isolationists and opposed any actions by the U.S. to support Hitler's enemies. Since Hitler was Stalin's ally, they clandestinely supported Hitler, or at least didn't want to oppose him.

Once Hitler double-crossed the murdering Georgian, everything changed and all American leftists and communists wanted the U.S. to attack Hitler. This was reflected in the movies that Hollywood produced. The leftist in Hollywood were never really supporing America, they were supporting a war effort which benefitted their buddy and idol Joe Stalin.

Even after the war ended, Hollywood continued to focus on NAZIs and Japanese as villains and never really targeted the Soviets as they supported them and wanted to continue to use Axis charactures to demonize right wingers in the public eye. They conveniently ignored the fact that the NAZIs were actually state socialists and the overwhelming number of American right-wingers were patriotic Americans and had no connection with NAZIs or racism. But then, truth never got in the way of good propaganda to a leftist and still doesn't.


46 posted on 06/25/2004 8:49:44 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: kattracks
In February 1941, the entertainment industry convened an extraordinary Academy Awards ceremony. The president of the Motion Picture Association, independent movie mogul and World War I pilot and intelligence officer Walter Wanger, went out of his way to use the Academy Award ceremony to support the war effort.

We weren't at war until December, 1941...

Perhaps Ms. Malkin means February, 1942.

47 posted on 06/25/2004 8:51:50 AM PDT by Poohbah ("Mister Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!" -- President Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987)
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