Hollywood didn't wait until Pearl Harbor to make use of the war headlines and pro-Allied sentiment in the nation to turn a dollar or two at the local cinema. Although it seems the desperate war against the Nazi Stukas in The Battle of Britain is taking a backseat to The Battle for Betty Grable between Tyrone Power and her British suitor.******************** The most famous (or infamous) case of a big screen pro-Allied feature was the 1943 Warner Brothers spectacular feature, "Mission to Moscow", best on a best-selling book by Ambassador Joseph Davies:
The film later took center stage during the anti-Communist Witch-hunts after World War Two. The head of Warners latter apologized for making the film, but one can how important it was in 1943 to show a film that depicted the Russian people in a a positive light given its enormous contribution to the war effort. The inaccuracies of the Stalin Purge Trials are it's chief defect. Seen today, it hardly seems more or less biased than the average war film of its time. In any case, the film itself was a flop at the box office, losing $600,000 dollars.
According to a latter-day review of the film in the New York Post: "The Roosevelt administration also viewed the film, which was widely shown in the Soviet Union (depicted as a worker's paradise), as ardent pro-capitalist propaganda. The film's brave hero is Ambassador Joseph E. Davies, a wealthy corporate lawyer who was married to Marjorie Merryweather Post, the richest woman in the United States (not that the film actually spells out the latter, which was well known to at least U.S. audiences of the time). "Mission to Moscow'' was among two dozen Hollywood features shown in the U.S.S.R. during the war -- not only pro-Soviet propaganda flicks like "The North Star'' and "Song of Russia,'' but the likes of "Charley's Aunt'' and "Sun Valley Serenade.'' They were so popular that the Commisars fretted Russians were acquiring a taste for Hollywood, and quickly turned off the spigot before the upscale likes of Deanna Durbin corrupted socialists and endangered the native film industry.
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