the great depression musicals and hollywood s new deal explores the connections and tensions between warner bros and the roosevelt administration during 1933harry and jack warner were among the most important advocates and fundraisers of . Harry and jack warner were among the most important advocates and fundraisers of president franklin roosevelt during his 1932 presidential campaign supporting his new deal legislation in successful great depression musicals like 42nd street gold diggers of 1933 and footlight parade. Hollywood responded to the great depression almost immediately after the crash of 1929 the films produced were either social conscious dramas that reflected the plight of the farmers and white collar workers who suddenly found themselves in a bread line screwball comedies or escapist musicals. Examines how hollywood responded to and reflected the political and social changes that america experienced during the 1930s in the popular imagination 1930s hollywood was a dream factory producing escapist movies to distract the american people from the greatest economic crisis in their nations history. Gold diggers of 1933 the musical with showgirls singing were in the money in the opening scene this musically ironically begins with a luxurous and glamorous depiction of broadway during the depression half way through the song however they are forced to stop because of the shows bankruptcy
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