Jews in Hollywood, 1930-1950

Projecting America.

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This immigrant enthusiasm for American popular culture, and this understanding of mass American tastes, took different shapes and forms at the different "Jewish studios." While M-G-M, for instance, under Mayer, turned out pictures that have been described as folksy, romantic, sentimental, glossy, “feminine” films for the middle class, the Warner Brothers, under Jack Lo Warner, produced “less ladylike” crime stories, melodramas, biographies, and “social conscience” films for and about the working class. Both sets of films were variations on themes of American popular culture, as seen through historical immigrants' lenses.

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Norman L. Friedman is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles.