War & Post War Films in the 1940s
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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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Gave insight on how returning home after years of war had not only changed the veterans, but also how much has changed when they returned. This was an important movie because it helped audience members realize the loss and struggles that veterans faced on the return home. It's about the tough transition from servicemen to citizens again.

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Across The Pacific (1942)

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Across the Pacific's plot differentiates itself from other war films released in the same year. The story follows Rick Leland after he is caught stealing and discharged from the armed forces. In addition to that, instead of an all american heroic soldier, we get a gun for hire who has loyalty to whoever pays him right.

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Destination Tokyo (1944) - Full Synopsis - TCM.com

Destination Tokyo (1944) - Full Synopsis - TCM.com | War & Post War Films in the 1940s | Scoop.it

Destination Tokyo is probably one of the best examples of naval missions during the world wars. It contained pretty awesome explosion and gunfire effects for the plane and ship battles. One scene involved a crew member being stabbed by a hostile Japanese pilot. This was especially brutal because they did not approach the pilot in a hostile manner. Definitely shows how cold blooded war is.

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A Walk in the Sun (1945) - Full Movie

The majority of this film took place during an invasion of Italy in 1943. It shows the brutality, violence and danger of the war. The film also used real aircraft for many scenes. There is much dialogue during the non action scenes. Soldiers talk in the trenches as they wait to attack. This film displayed that war is a hard burden for anyone to deal with.

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Prophetic Cartoon Warning of Socialism and Communism (1948)

Many anti Facist films and cartoon shorts were broadcasted in order to show the viewers at home who the true enemy was. This short in particular demonstrates why communism would be bad for America. Each character in line represents a different section of the american working class. It tells us that communism will strip our rights, our choices, and any other freedoms we have. Its made to increase the support of war.

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The anti-communist purge of the American film industry - World Socialist Web Site

The anti-communist purge of the American film industry - World Socialist Web Site | War & Post War Films in the 1940s | Scoop.it

While the Hollywood Ten may be more well known, they weren't the only producers to be investigated, banned, and jailed during this period. The Communist fear tore apart the film industry and put fear in Americans everywhere. This article goes into a bit more detail of the aftermath of the Hollywood Ten's sentencing. There were beatings, suicides, and anyone involved in the trial was seen as a traitor and treated as such. Many were forced to relocate in order to escape from their situation.

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Sergeant York (1941)

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What made "Sergeant York" so different from other movies during 1941, was that it did not follow the traditional hollywood action cliches. It wasn't a high action star studded movie, it portrayed the most realistic example of the life and experiences of Alvin York. It gave audiences an accurate and unexaggerated view of what WWI was like.

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Casablanca (1942)

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Casablanca is a amazing movie that represented the struggles of everyday people who wished to escape from Nazi oppression and war. While it is mostly a love story, it shows a lot of French national pride and represents the time period well.

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Donald Duck - "Der Fuehrer's Face" (1943)

Donald Duck stars in US anti-Nazi propaganda film from 1943.
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Even Donald Duck isn't safe. In this cartoon short, Donald Duck dreams that he is a part of Nazi forces. Donald is beaten and forced to do hard labor until he becomes sick. This shows the Nazi regime is brutal and cold toward its people and victims. Donald awakens in America and realizes that it was all a nightmare. The ending shows that America must be a much greater country than Germany.

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Film Noir of the Week: The Stranger (1946)

Film Noir of the Week: The Stranger (1946) | War & Post War Films in the 1940s | Scoop.it

The Stranger was the first film to have actual footage of a Jewish concentration camp after the first world war. The footage from this shocked audiences. Most likely, viewers had only heard descriptions of the Nazi camps. This gave them the most accurate view of the unfortunate events in Europe.

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I Married a Communist (1949)

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While "I Married a Communist" is the original name of the noir film, the title was far too controversial for the audience so it was renamed as "The Woman on Pier 13." The reaction to the title shows how sesitive audiences were to anything war or communist related. The main character Nan is married to Brad Collins, a VP for a shipping company. She later discovers that Brad originally a part of a Communist party and was blackmailed into rejoining again. I'm sure this made many people uncomfortable. This movie gave the idea that a Communist could be anyone you know, even your husband!

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The Hollywood Ten (1950)

The men known as the Hollywood Ten were producers, screenwriters, and directors that were accused of taking part in a communist conspiracy. These accusations originated from the war related movies they produced in the previous months and years. The Hollywood Ten defended themselves by denying that accusation and asking for evidence. Unfortunately, others agreed to give names in order to prove their innocence. In the end, they all were banned from producing Hollywood films and sent to jail for their crimes.

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