- article: Anglophilia on Film: Creating an Atmosphere for Alliance, 1935-1941
- author(s): Michael Todd Bennett
- journal: Film & History (01/Jan/1997)
- issue: volume 27, issue 1-4, pages 4-21
- journal ISSN: 0360-3695
- publisher: Center for the Study of Film and History
- keywords: Academy Awards, Albert Bassermann, Alexander Korda, Alfred Hitchcock, Anglophilia, Ben Hecht, Bernard F. Dick, British Film Institute, C. Aubrey Smith, Cary Grant, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Laughton, Chicago, Illinois, Claude Rains, Clive Brook, Cultural influences, David O. Selznick, Donald Crisp, Edmund Goulding, Film, Foreign Correspondent (1940), Frank Lloyd, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Sanders, Grace Kelly, Herbert Marshall, History, Interventionist Policies, Jeffrey Richards, Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Laurence Olivier, London Film Productions, London, England, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New York City, New York, Nick Roddick, Nigel Bruce, Paramount Pictures, Production Code Administration, Random House, Robert Donat, Sara Allgood, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Universal Studios, Victor McLaglen, Walter Wanger, War Films, Warner Bros., World War II
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).