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HOLLYWOOD GOES TO WAR

The Second World War was a time of deep economical, political, and military unrest – and its severe impact was felt not only by civilians, but by well-known faces of film, too.

A multitude of known actors, producers, and singers of Hollywood’s golden age played their part in the war effort – with those who were eligible to do so signing up for service and others fulfilling duties in a plethora of valuable ways – either abroad or on the home-front, often sacrificing their income and lifestyle to do so.

Some were already known performers and, as such, were able to use their celebrity status to encourage further enlistment and influence produced propaganda; others were yet to achieve stardom, serving only in response to the booming call of duty at the time. The talented leaders of Hollywood’s greatest cinematic era all bear legacies that have long outlived them, but many of them have lesser-known stories to tell – stories that carry the most winning of roles and the finest of honours, far more eminent than those earned on the silver screen.

JAMES STEWART

American film actor

America’s everyman was one of the only soldiers in the military to reach the rank of colonel within four years

James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart – award-winning star of – was the first American film star to don a military uniform in the

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