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How The Nazis Censored Hollywood

Discussion in 'Prelude to War & Poland 1939' started by The_Historian, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. The_Historian

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    Never knew this. Sounds like Hollywood's always been full of useful idiots.
    "A new book has revealed that the British Dam Busters screenwriter was caught up in a censorship battle with 'Hitler's Hollywood consul' over the 'negative' portrayal of Germany after World War I.
    The book on RC Sherriff's life suggests that Nazi agent Georg Gyssling managed to persuade Universal Pictures to halt The Road Back, All Quiet on the Western Front and Three Comrades in the 1930s.
    Roland Wales, who has written From Journey's End to the Dam Busters: The Life of RC Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches, said the studios bowed down to Gyssling's demands in fear of losing revenue from German box offices.
    He told The Times: 'Everyone admired the script, including the censors.
    'But it was likely to be an expensive movie and, since times were hard in the industry and the Germans made it clear that they were utterly opposed to the film, Universal put it up on the shelf.'
    Gyssling threatened not to release the films in Germany and had the help of Hollywood's censorship body - the Production Code Administration.
    Eventually the films were revived in 1937, much to the anger of the Nazis, but scenes were inserted to appease the German government.
    Film director James Whale took out an advert in The Hollywood Reporter to distance himself from the movie."
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3823000/British-screenwriter-caught-censorship-battle-Nazis.html#ixzz4MDMdceLx
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    One the other paw the isolationists were claiming that British agents were influencing Hollywood to make pro-Allied movies.
     
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  3. Takao

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    The Daily Mail has gone stale.

    No offense, but this stuff is at least 3-years-old...When “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” (Harvard), by Ben Urwand, and “Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939” (Columbia), by Thomas Doherty, were published back in 2013.

    From back then:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10343881/Did-Hitler-run-Hollywood.html
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/16/hitler-in-hollywood
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10895124

    For a counterpoint:
    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/156539/jewish-hollywood-collaboration
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Nye's pack of dogs was concerned that Jews had too much influence in the industry. Seems at odds with the OP.
     

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