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Best Years shines light on a critical juncture in American history and the history of American cinemaùthe end of World War II (1945) and a year of unprecedented success in Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1946). This unique time provides a rich blend of cinema genres and typesùfrom the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological drama, and the period's provocative new style, film noir. This book focuses on films that were famous, infamous, forgotten, and unforgettable, with big budget A-films, road shows, and familiar series share the spotlight.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Standing Room Only: U.S.A., January 1, 1945–December 31, 1946
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. 2. Over Here: Detroit, February 10, 1945, Since You Went Away and The Very Thought of You
  2. pp. 16-45
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  1. 3. Nation: Atlanta, April 12, 1945, Wilson
  2. pp. 46-85
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  1. 4. Over There: Honolulu, June 26, 1945, Back to Bataan
  2. pp. 86-113
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  1. 5. Stars: Los Angeles, November 22, 1945, Hollywood Canteen
  2. pp. 114-141
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  1. 6. Big Picture: Boston, January 1, 1946, Forever Amber
  2. pp. 142-164
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  1. 7. Imports: Philadelphia, April 25, 1946, and June 5, 1946, Open City
  2. pp. 165-200
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  1. 8. Homecoming: Chicago, December 18, 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives
  2. pp. 201-238
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  1. 9. Continuous Showings: New York City, January 1, 1945–December 31, 1946
  2. pp. 239-287
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  1. Appendix A: Boxoffice Rankings
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. Appendix B: Star Rankings
  2. pp. 297-298
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 299-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-341
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 352-352
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