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Hollywood during The Great Depression

By Nicole Blardony

Nika Blardony

on 24 October 2012

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I've always had an interest in media, movies and the latest happenings with celebrities.
Hollywood played a valuable emotional and moral role as movies assured hope to a demoralized nation.
Despite the hardship that every American went through, many still took the time to watch a movie each week to ease stress and despair. Why did i choose this topic? Despite about 80 million people paying 27 cents to watch a movie every week, Hollywood was not immune to the Depression.
Studios were $20-410 million in debt due to upgrading their studios.
Several local theaters closed their doors in order to trim down on budget and debt. How the Depression affected Hollywood How the Great Depression inspired Hollywood films Entertainment during the Depression generally brought relief and the realities of economic downfall. Movies were more cherished by the public as watching movies and live theater was a way to escape problems caused by the Depression. The Importance of Hollywood in The Great Depression The most popular movie genres during the Depression were gangster and sensual pictures.

A Catholic priest led by Reverend Amleto Cicognan boycotted films that were inappropriate for the public eye.
Joseph Green was head of the Production Code Administration which prohibited nudity, profanity, slavery, miscegenation, and forbade Hollywood from advertising crime or adultery.

It positively led Hollywood to cast more actresses in roles as independent career women, instead of sex symbols. However, the code stopped directors from showing the harsh realities of the Depression. SCANDALS I've learned that despite financial hardship that every individual went through during the Depression, they continued to support the Hollywood film industry. Watching comedies, cartoons, action and romance was one of the simplest ways that distracted people from their struggles. Classics such as Gone With the Wind, King Kong, Three Little Piglets, Dracula and Frank Capra's comedies were some of the most significant films during the 1930's that is still notable today. Conclusion during The Great Depression By Nicole Blardony Hollywood was inspired to create films that people could relate to, however, majority are comedies, romance, and action and adventure themes in order to distract people from economic misery.
The Wizard of Oz was the most successful film during the Depression as the moral at the end of the story is "there's no place like home", which gave a small boost of courage and hope. The Wizard of Oz of Censorship in films The demand of animated and comedy movies brought a huge success to Disney films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Half a century later, Disney's productions continued to grow and is still viewed by children and even adults. Sources http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/hollywood_great_depression.cfm
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