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What Dreams Were Made Of
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What Dreams Were Made Of examines the performers who helped define American cinema in the 1940s, a decade of rapid and repeated upheaval for Hollywood and the United States. Through insightful discussions of key films as well as studio publicity and fan magazines, the essays in this collection analyze how these actors and actresses helped lift spirits during World War II, whether in service comedies, combat films, or escapist musicals. Together, they represented the hopes and fears of a nation during turbulent times, enacting on the silver screen the dreams of millions of moviegoers.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Stardom in the 1940s
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Abbott and Costello: Who's on First?
  2. pp. 12-32
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  1. 2. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers: The Light of Western Stars
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. 3. Ingrid Bergman: The Face of Authenticity in the Land of Illusion
  2. pp. 50-69
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  1. 4. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: Tough Guy and Cool Dame
  2. pp. 70-95
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  1. 5. Claudette Colbert, Ginger Rogers, and Barbara Stanwyck: American Homefront Women
  2. pp. 96-119
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  1. 6. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney: Babes and Beyond
  2. pp. 120-141
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  1. 7. Greer Garson: Gallant Ladies and British Wartime Femininity
  2. pp. 142-165
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  1. 8. Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: Pinned Up
  2. pp. 166-191
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  1. 9. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn: Domesticated Mavericks
  2. pp. 192-216
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  1. 10. John Wayne: Hero, Leading Man, Innocent, and Troubled Figure
  2. pp. 217-234
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  1. In the Wings
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-259
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