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Hollywood Goes to War 

Hollywood and its stars support the War effort with propaganda and patriotic films and war bond tours.




Episode credited cast:
James Mason ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Brown Karl Brown ... Self
Agnes de Mille ... Self
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Self
Valerie Germonprez Valerie Germonprez ... Self (as Valerie von Stroheim)
Lillian Gish ... Self
Jesse Lasky Jr. ... Self (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.)
Anita Loos ... Self
Lewis Milestone ... Self
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Self (as Charles Buddy Rogers)
Blanche Sweet ... Self
King Vidor ... Self
Raoul Walsh ... Self (archive footage)
William A. Wellman ... Self (archive footage)


Hollywood and its stars support the War effort with propaganda and patriotic films and war bond tours.

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Release Date:

29 January 1980 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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The archive footage of Raoul Walsh and William A. Wellman is from the 1973 series "The Men Who Made the Movies." See more »


Anita Loos: I really credit Hollywood on World War One. It was an outcome of an economic situation brought about by war.
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References She Goes to War (1929) See more »


Over There
Written by George M. Cohan
Heard as background music to World War I montage
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Hollywood Episode 4
28 August 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hollywood: Hollywood Goes to War (1980)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Episode four in the now legendary documentary series takes a look at how Hollywood changed once WW1 began and what impact this would have through the silent era and what eventual downfall it would have at the box office before getting a kick start with THE BIG PARADE. The film starts off with some early examples including CIVILIZATION and then onto Griffith's INTOLERANCE, which is called a box office dud here even though some figures argue against that. When then head towards the war as stars like Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford helped sell war bonds while Griffith was allowed overseas to film HEARTS OF THE WORLD on the front lines. Once again those unfamiliar with the silent era and all it has to offer are going to be in for a real treat as pretty much everything is discussed and shown here. I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed with the quality of not only the clips shown but the way they are presented. I found it quite fascinating to see how the country changed by the time we entered the war and by the time it was winding down. I thought the documentary gave a very clear look at how Hollywood tries to capture the spirits, energy and horrors of the war but at the same time making sure people would continue to come and not be worn down by the images they might see. The post war talk goes to films like THE BIG PARADE, WHAT PRICE GLORY? and the Oscar-winning WINGS. Those interviewed this time out include Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Agnes de Mille, Blanche Sweet, Jesse Lasky, Jr., Valerie von Strokeim and Raoul Walsh. The always entertaining William Wellman also appears with a few nice stories about the making of WINGS.

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