It’s hard to imagine now, but once upon time Hollywood celebrated American values and American victory in overseas wars. Sing along with me.
I meant to post these yesterday, but the only souvenir I brought home from my vacation was a bad cold, which has slowed me down a bit. It’s no longer July 4, but I do believe that it’s nice to remind ourselves that Hollywood once promoted American values — and perhaps can do so again. (For wonderful stills showing past Hollywood patriotism, check this out.)
Here’s the queen of patriotic songs, from Irving Berlin’s This is the Army, a soldier play that Warner Brothers turned into a movie in 1943:
I can’t find a video from 1942’s Holiday Inn, but the lyrics still resonate:
Also from Holiday Inn, another love letter Irving Berlin wrote to his adopted country, and one that Bing sang with such heart: