Three Came Home

Author: Agnes Newton Keith

Publisher: Conran Octopus


Category: Prisoners of war

Page: 295

View: 8810

When the Japanese swept through Borneo in 1942, Agnes Keith was captured with her two-year-old son. Even though keeping notes was a capital offence, she wrote a diary on the backs of labels and in the margins of old newspapers, which she buried in tins or sewed inside her sons home-made toys. Unlike many other narrators of camp life, Agnes Keith gives an honest and rounded description of her Japanese captors. The camp commander, Colonel Suga, was responsible for a forced march which killed all but three out of 2,970 prisoners; yet he regularly took children for joy-rides in his car, stuffing them with sweets, and sent them back to camp with armfuls of flowers from his garden.

Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s

Author: John Reid


ISBN: 1411617371

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 156

View: 1744

A detailed review of 120 popular films, mostly from the 1940s. Includes comprehensive cast and technical credits, plus background and release information.

Claudette Colbert

Author: Bernard F. Dick

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604733292

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

View: 3182

Claudette Colbert's mixture of beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity quickly made her one of the film industry's most famous and highest-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s. Though she began her career on the New York stage, she was beloved for her roles in such films as Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story, Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, and Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, for which she won an Academy Award. She showed remarkable prescience by becoming one of the first Hollywood stars to embrace television, and she also returned to Broadway in her later career. This is the first major biography of Colbert (1903-1996) published in over twenty years. Bernard F. Dick chronicles Colbert's long career, but also explores her early life in Paris and New York. Along with discussing how she left her mark on Broadway, Hollywood, radio, and television, the book explores Colbert's lifelong interests in painting, fashion design, and commercial art. Using correspondence, interviews, periodicals, film archives, and other research materials, the biography reveals a smart, talented actress who conquered Hollywood and remains one of America's most captivating screen icons. Bernard F. Dick is professor of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars; Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood; Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (University Press of Mississippi); and other books.

Visions of War

Author: M. Paul Holsinger,Mary Anne Schofield

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879725563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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For Americans World War II was “a good war,” a war that was worth fighting. Even as the conflict was underway, a myriad of both fictional and nonfictional books began to appear examining one or another of the raging battles. These essays examine some of the best literature and popular culture of World War II. Many of the studies focus on women, several are about children, and all concern themselves with the ways that the war changed lives. While many of the contributors concern themselves with the United States, there are essays about Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Japan.

Beyond the Home Front

Author: Yvonne M. Klein

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349254975

Category: Psychology

Page: 254

View: 7484

How women perceived the world wars of this century is markedly different from the common perception of how these wars affected their lives. Drawing on a broad variety of sources, many long out of print, this anthology brings together the autobiographical accounts of both famous and ordinary women to provide a new view of the changing role of women as they experienced the sorrows, the terrors and the occasional joys of war in the twentieth century.

Defying the Odds

Author: Charlotte Nash

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 073363270X

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 1317

For Australian servicemen captured by the Japanese in World War II, humour, courage and dignity in the face of hardship, brutality and deprivation – and hope in the face of the unknown – were quiet victories. They defined a uniquely Australian spirit. Defying the Odds tells the incredible story of the officers of B and E Forces interned at Sandakan and Kuching in Borneo. Despite the starvation and the trauma they suffered at the hands of the Japanese, they boosted morale through a regimen of study, music and theatre, and most importantly, by making each other laugh. After the war, military authorities were impressed by their physical and mental resilience and astounded by their achievements. As the years passed, they frequently held reunions to remember their experiences, to relive the jokes and the times they outwitted the guards, to recall old songs and the musicals and plays they staged – to honour friendships wrought by the war. This is a full-length account of how the officers of B and E Forces defied the odds, and survived.

Film Composers in America

Author: Clifford McCarty

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195114737

Category: Music

Page: 534

View: 1045

"The book documents the work of more than 1,500 composers, from Robert Abramson to Josiah Zuro, including the first to score an American film, Walter C. Simon. It includes not only Hollywood professionals but also many composers of concert music - as well as popular music and other genres - whose cinematic work has never before been fully catalogued. The book also features an index that lets readers quickly find the composer for any American film through 1970."--BOOK JACKET.