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Film vs. Reality: Depression Era

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A presentation contrasting the way Hollywood portrayed the Great Depression and what was going on in America in the years leading up to World War Two.

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Film vs. Reality: Depression Era

  1. 1. Film vs. Reality: Depression EraFilm vs. Reality: Depression Era
  2. 2. October 24, 1929 - December 7, 1941
  3. 3. Herbert Hoover President of the United States March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
  4. 4. My Man Godfrey (1936) Universal
  5. 5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt President of the United States March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
  6. 6. A Fireside Chat
  7. 7. Migrant Mother Dorthea Lange Napomo, California March 1936
  8. 8. Migrant Worker Dorothea Lange California Highway June 1935
  9. 9. Book 1939 - Film 1940
  10. 10. Walt Disney’s The Three Little Pigs (1933) Poster / Sheet Music / Record Label
  11. 11. Year Title Studio Gross 1929 Gold Diggers of Broadway Warner $5,250,000 1930 Hell’s Angels UA $8,000,000 1931 Frankenstein Universal $12,000,000 1932 Shanghai Express Paramount $3,700,000 1933 Queen Christina MGM $2,887,285 1934 Viva! Villa MGM $1,875,000 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty MGM $4,500,000 1936 San Francisco MGM $2,868,000 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney/RKO $8,000,000 1938 Alexander’s Ragtime Band Fox $3,600,000 1939 Gone With the Wind Selznick/MGM $20,000,000 1940 Boom Town MGM $5,000,000 1941 Sergeant York Warner $16,361,885 Top Grossing Films 1929-1941
  12. 12. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1929/1930 UNIVERSAL CIMARRON 1930/1931 RKO GRAND HOTEL 1931/1932 MGM CAVALCADE 1932/1933 FOX IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934 COLUMBIA MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY 1935 MGM THE GREAT ZIGFELD 1936 MGM THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA 1937 WARNER YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU 1938 COLUMBIA GONE WITH THE WIND 1939 SELZNICK/MGM REBECCA 1940 SELZNICK/UA HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY 1941 FOX ACADEMY AWARD – BEST PICTURE 1929 - 1941
  13. 13. Top Box-Office Stars 1932-1941 Source: Quigley’s International Motion Picture Almanac An annual poll of film exhibitors 1932 Marie Dressler Janet Gaynor Joan Crawford Charles Farrell Greta Garbo 1933 Marie Dressler Will Rogers Janet Gaynor Eddie Cantor Wallace Beery 1934 Will Rogers Clark Gable Janet Gaynor Wallace Beery Mae West 1935 Shirley Temple Will Rogers Clark Gable Astaire & Rogers Joan Crawford 1936 Shirley Temple Clark Gable Astaire & Rogers Robert Taylor Joe E. Brown 1937 Shirley Temple Clark Gable Robert Taylor Bing Crosby William Powell 1938 Shirley Temple Clark Gable Sonia Henie Mickey Rooney Spencer Tracy 1939 Mickey Rooney Tyrone Power Spencer Tracy Clark Gable Shirley Temple 1940 Mickey Rooney Spencer Tracy Clark Gable Gene Autry Tyrone Power 1941 Mickey Rooney Clark Gable Abbott and Costello Bob Hope Spencer Tracy
  14. 14. Meet John Doe (1941) Columbia Frank Capra
  15. 15. Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933) United Artists
  16. 16. King Vidor Our Daily Bread (1934) United Artists
  17. 17. Warner Brothers Producers of Socially Conscious Films Inhumane treatment of prisoners on a chain gang Atrocities performed by a white supremacist group
  18. 18. Wild Boys of the Road (1933) Warner Brothers
  19. 19. “We’re In the Money” Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers
  20. 20. “Remember My Forgotten Man” Gold Diggers of 1933 Joan Blondell & Etta Moten
  21. 21. Modern Times (1936) United Artists
  22. 22. Triumph of the Will (1935) Directed by Leni Riefenstahl
  23. 23. The Great Dictator (1940) United Artists
  24. 24. Warner Baxter and Shirley Temple James Dunn and Shirley Temple Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) Fox
  25. 25. Suggested Reading
  26. 26. Suggested Viewing
  27. 27. Mike Maginot www.pinterest.com/mikemaginot Hollywood & The Great Depression

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