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Who's in the Money?

The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal

Harvey G. Cohen

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Explores the connections and tensions between Warner Bros. and the Roosevelt administration during 1933

Harry and Jack Warner were among the most important advocates and fundraisers of President Franklin Roosevelt during his 1932 presidential campaign, supporting his New Deal legislation in successful Great Depression musicals like 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade. But while the Warner brothers posed as exemplars of the New Deal in real life and in their movies, they were attempting to reverse Roosevelt’s policies within their studio and their industry.

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Contents

Introduction
1: The Warners And Franklin Roosevelt
2: The Great Depression Musicals
3: Footlight Parade
4: On the Job
5: The Nra Code
6: Post-1933: A Conclusion

About the Author

Harvey G. Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and his monograph Duke Ellington’s America (University of Chicago Press, 2010) was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.

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