'No War, No Hate, No Propaganda' - Promoting Films About European War and Fascism During the Period of American Isolationism

Journal of Popular Film & Television, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 85-96, Summer 2002

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 Last revised: 2 Oct 2017

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Allen Rostron

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: Summer 2002

Abstract

Marketing films about European fascism and war to American audiences posed a dilemma for studios during the period 1937 to 1941. Fearful of offending foreign markets or being accused of propagandizing for American intervention, the studios delivered mixed signals and contradictory messages through their films and the marketing campaigns developed to promote them.

Films discussed in the article include "Fire Over England" (1937), "Three Comrades" (1938), "Blockade" (1938), "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (1939), "Beasts of Berlin" (1939), "The Mortal Storm" (1940), "Four Sons" (1940), "The Man I Married" (1940), "Escape" (1940), "Pastor Hall" (1940), "Arise, My Love" (1940), "Foreign Correspondent" (1940), "The Great Dictator" (1940), "Flight Command" (1941), "One Night in Lisbon" (1941), "Convoy" (1941), "Man at Large" (1941), "Haunted Honeymoon" (1941), "A Yank in the R.A.F." (1941), and "World Premiere" (1941).

Keywords: World War II, isolationism, Nazis, Hitler, Hollywood, films, movies, studios, interventionism, fascism, The Three Comrades, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Beasts of Berlin, Blockade, The Mortal Storm, Four Sons, The Man I Married, Escape, Pastor Hall, The Great Dictator, A Yank in the R.A.F.

Suggested Citation

Rostron, Allen K., 'No War, No Hate, No Propaganda' - Promoting Films About European War and Fascism During the Period of American Isolationism (Summer 2002). Journal of Popular Film & Television, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 85-96, Summer 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1150842

Allen K. Rostron (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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