Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hollywood At War
These two photos are each stamped, "MAY 13, 1943."
Most people, when they think of Hollywood and war, think of war movies. The war actually made and destroyed the careers of many actors. George Reeve of Superman fame was an up and coming actor who spent several years in the marines, returned to Hollywood only to find his career stalled. John Wayne was a minor star who had made a few good movies, most notably Stagecoach. Too old for the draft, bad knees from college football injuries, rejected by the O.S.S., he became a major star almost by default. And then there was Dwight Frye, Renfield in Dracula, suffering from a heart condition, unable to serve, he ended up working two jobs. Actor by day, draftsman at a defense plant by night. He ended up dying of a heart attack from over work.