Hollywood & World War II Exhibition
When the War Department needed Hollywood, Hollywood said “Action!” While motion pictures dramatized the war effort, the war was changing Hollywood. Some major stars headed for the front lines while others lent their fame to Home Front efforts. Scriptwriters were tasked to help establish “war-mindedness” at home.
Future entertainers were born as real-life heroics brought everyday people to public attention. As stars deployed, more actors were in demand and previously lesser known entertainers ultimately honed their skills for stardom. In the war’s aftermath, the GI Bill sent many veterans to acting and film school, providing a fresh crop of post-war stars and producers.
The special exhibition Real to Reel: Hollywood & World War II will feature artifacts, images, war-era movie posters and audio video elements from a time when Hollywood glamour merged with military grit. Visitors will see pictures of stars in uniform — famous people who enlisted in military service and war heroes who later became stars.
On exhibit will be items worn or used by stars such as Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Visitors will be able to view clips from selected movies, cartoons and shorts and also might recognize some stars and stars-to-be in military training and propaganda films.