When the Stars Went to War: Hollywood and World War II

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Often told in the performers' own words, When the Stars Went to War is the story of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, and the other leading men who went into combat. It is the story of Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Cagney, Greer Garson, and a host of others who raised millions for the war effort by selling bonds, and of such luminaries as Marlene Dietrich, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Jack Benny, who put themselves in considerable danger entertaining ...
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Illustrated New York 1995 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket 8vo. New York: Random House, 1994. First edition. 8vo. Hard cover binding, 357 pp. Illustrated in black and ... white. New in new dust jacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover. Read more Show Less

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Often told in the performers' own words, When the Stars Went to War is the story of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, and the other leading men who went into combat. It is the story of Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Cagney, Greer Garson, and a host of others who raised millions for the war effort by selling bonds, and of such luminaries as Marlene Dietrich, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Jack Benny, who put themselves in considerable danger entertaining troops at the front. And, of course, it is the story of the ones who stayed behind: those who tried to enlist and were turned down, those who were given cushy home-front jobs, those who passed the time having love affairs with the spouses or lovers of fellow actors who had gone to war - the hardworking and the guilt-ridden. Perhaps the stars' most important contribution to the war effort was the films they made, films that kept up morale and inspired America's fighting men. As one young G.I. put it, "Somehow it's better to be fighting for Lana Turner than it is to be fighting the Great Reich ... because she is all our girls rolled into one."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This vastly entertaining book covers the WWII activities of Hollywood's best-known stars. Hoopes identifies those who received legitimate deferments, those who had strings pulled on their behalf by studio heads and those who joined the armed forces and saw action. But the bulk of the book deals with the experiences of stars who took part in war-bond drives and USO tours, and describes the acts performed by such troop-entertainers as Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Edward G. Robinson. Hoopes explains that the Hollywood Canteen came into being largely through the initiative of John Garfield and Bette Davis and developed into a much-appreciated club where the lowest-ranking GI could drop in for a chat with-and be served refreshments by-a ``real live movie star.'' The book is jammed with breezy quips, one-liners and polished show-biz anecdotes. Hoopes is Washington bureau chief of Modern Maturity. Photos. First serial to Modern Maturity. (Jan.)
Ilene Cooper
In this fascinating look at Hollywood at war, Hoopes examines the roles the stars played and the effect they had both overseas and on the home front. From the moment the bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor, Hollywood answered the call with what Hoopes calls "equal measures of patriotism and egotism." Naturally, the book has a star-studded cast: Gable, Hope, Hepburn, Crawford, Davis--they're all here, more stars than there are in the heavens, as MGM publicity used to say. Some of the stories are familiar, such as the ill-fated war bond drive that ended with the death of Carole Lombard, but some are virtually unknown, such as the intense anti-Nazi campaign led by Edward G. Robinson (born Emmanuel Goldenberg). Hoopes also brings to light the appalling treatment of black entertainers, who endured the same second-class treatment as black servicemen. At one stop, Lena Horne was giving a separate show for black soldiers when she noticed a group of white men seated in the front row. Who were these VIPs? German prisoners of war. Both movie fans and military history buffs will enjoy this rare combination of nostalgia and substance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679414230
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/17/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416

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