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There's No Place Like Home

The Hollywood Folk Musical

2. 1929 to 1945

3. 1939–1945

  1. Desirée J. Garcia

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf036

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Garcia, D. J. 2011. There's No Place Like Home. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 2:3:34.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

Abstract

Commenting to the New York Times in 1959, MGM producer Arthur Freed emphasized the importance of portraying the past, with its associations of tranquility, grace, and charm, in the making of successful musical films, saying that “the period musical can capture a charm that many people long for today. It lets us enjoy, for a while, a more easy [sic] and more gracious way of life than exists in our now everyday life.”1

Keywords:

  • hollywood;
  • musical;
  • race;
  • ethnicity;
  • migration;
  • immigrant;
  • folk;
  • oz;
  • freed;
  • MGM