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Hollywood Hates Hitler!Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures$
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Chris Yogerst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496829757

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496829757.001.0001

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Senator Nye “Unloosed” on Hollywood

Senator Nye “Unloosed” on Hollywood

(p.49) Chapter Four Senator Nye “Unloosed” on Hollywood
Hollywood Hates Hitler!

Chris Yogerst

University Press of Mississippi

Hollywood counsel Wendell Willkie made it clear that Hollywood opposed Nazism. Regarding the industry’s opinion towards Germany, Willkie explained, “We make no pretense of friendliness to Nazi Germany and the ruthless invasions of other countries by Nazis…we abhor everything which Hitler represents.” As Senator Gerald Nye outlined films he felt were problematic, Willkie asked why Nye was not attacking the authors of the source material. The investigation began on September 9th, 1941, and did not get off to a good start for the isolationist Senators. It was found out that Nye had not actually watched the films he was calling out as dangerous. The questioning that exposed Nye’s ignorance came from a junior senator, Ernest McFarland of Arizona.

Keywords:   Gerald Nye, Ernest McFarland, Wendell Willkie, The Mortal Storm, Frank Borzage

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