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Film & History (1997) - Anglophilia on Film: Creating an Atmosphere for Alliance, 1935-1941




Focuses on prewar and early wartime films in the context of the international scene. States that films appearing in American theaters from 1935-1942 projected a pro-British bias onto the screen, and that these productions mirrored the increasingly Anglo-American relations at both popular and official levels before World War II. Notes the role played by the American film industry in reinforcing public support for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's interventionist policies, and in stressing to American viewers that Britain-democratic, freedom-loving, and triumphant, was much like America. Recognizes films including "Gunga Din" (1939), "The Dawn Patrol" (1938), and "Foreign Correspondent" (1940).