Category Archives: World War II

1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 23, 1944

April 23, 1944 Errol Flynn and Peggy Maley are a thing … Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli are dinner companions … In his next Andy Hardy picture, Mickey Rooney will go for a glamorazon and Dorothy Ford is being considered … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 22, 1944

April 22, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, April 22 — Col. Frank Capra’s “The Negro Soldier” had its premiere at the theater in the Ambassador Hotel this week and was highly lauded by all who attended. Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, highest ranking … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, April 18, 1944

April 18, 1944 Hedy Lamarr is having the picture “Diamond Rock” prepared for her at Metro while she is busy making “The Conspirators.” Grad Sears is telling friends that United Artists will acquire “The Voice of the Turtle,” with Leland … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, April 17, 1944

April 17, 1944 Esther Williams is the cover girl in this week’s issue of Life magazine with a feature on “Bathing Beauty.” And what happened to all that WPA artwork? It was sold as junk. Courtesy of Google Books.

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, April 10, 1944

April 10, 1944 Life’s cover story is Air Chief Marshal Arthur T. Harris, who backed the theory of mass bombing. The movie of the weeks is “Buffalo Bill,” starring Joel McCrea. Life visits the home “in the majestic setting of … Continue reading

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Children Pray for Safety of Dad Lost in Pacific

  April 4, 1944 The original caption reads:  Mrs. Edward Healy and her eight children kneel in St. Mary’s church, Des Plaines, Iowa, to pray for the safety of their husband and father, an aerial gunner reported missing in the … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, April 3, 1944

April 3, 1944 A dog is this week’s cover photo for a story which says that city dogs are just as healthy and happy as country dogs. The movie feature story is child star Margaret O’Brien. Courtesy of Google Books.

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, March 27, 1944

March 27, 1944: Landing craft 220 transports troops to an Italian beach, while LCI 226 lands troops in New Guinea and New Britain, the subject of a profile by John Hersey. Universal movie studios photographer Ray Jones gives a lesson … Continue reading

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World War II on the Radio — Eric Sevareid Reports From Italy, March 26, 1944

March 26, 1944 It’s Sunday in 1944: — Eric Sevareid reports from Naples on fighting in Italy on CBS’ “World News Today.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Winston Church speaks on the BBC. Courtesy of Archive.org.

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 25, 1955

March 25, 1944 A Broadwayite in Italy Mel Diamond files this report from Italy: Ernie Pyle was with us for about six weeks and a simpler and more unpretentious celebrity I have never known. In fact, if you didn’t happen … Continue reading

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World War II on the Radio — March 24, 1944

March 24, 1944 Background on T. Sgt. Fred Welker, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 5, 1942. — “A Night in a Foxhole” recorded on one of the Marshall Islands. The names are a bit difficult to discern, but the recording was apparently … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, March 24, 1944

Bill Robinson: “The Dark Cloud of Joy!” March 24, 1944 SNAPSHOTS OF HOLLYWOOD COLLECTED AT RANDOM: Staff Sgt. Jack Foisle, the 24-year-old writer who revealed the yarn about Americans shooting down their own planes, was guest at a newspaper dinner. … Continue reading

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When the Nation Pulled Together — Another Good Story Ruined

March 24, 1944 In the popular imagination, World War II was a time of national unity, the era of the “Greatest Generation,” when the nation put aside its differences to defeat a common enemy. Everyone loved President Roosevelt and no … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Linda Darnell Visits ‘Abbott and Costello,’ March 23, 1944

March 23, 1944 It’s Thursday in 1944, which means we have: — Linda Darnell is the guest on “The Abbott and Costello Show,” with the current popular hit “Speak Low.” Courtesy of Otrrlibary.org via Archive.org. — “The Dinah Shore Program.” … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 21, 1944

March 21, 1944 Notes of an Innocent Bystander The Wireless: Cong. Dies, who riles easy, is demagoging at a couple of news broadcasters. Now he intends to ask the stations, he says, if they are willing “to afford maligned persons … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, March 20, 1944

March 20, 1944: The cover story features ballerina Nana Gollner, better known as Golovina. The featured photographer is Carl Mydans, who was held prisoner by the Japanese for 16 months. His essay is on the Tule Lake “Segregation Center,” which … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 20, 1944

March 20, 1944 Portraits of Patriots Jerome Hartman: 44-year-old lieutenant commander U.S.N… Hails from Dayton, Ohio … When World War I was over, he became a resident M.D. at the veterans’ hospital in Ohio. For five years, he devoted himself … Continue reading

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World War II on the Radio, March 19, 1944

March 19, 1944 — CBS’ “World News Today” reports on Allied bombing of Germany and the battle for Cassino. “This is still a battle of yard by yard annihilation.” Courtesy of Archive.org.

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The Adventures of Jungle Jim,’ March 18, 1944

March 18, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944 and today we have: — Jungle Jim and the crew evade Japanese soldiers.  “The Adventures of Jungle Jim.” Courtesy of Otrrlibrary.org via Archive.org.

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1944 in Print — Walter Winchell on Broadway, March 18, 1944

March 18, 1944 Broadway Ballad Novelette: Irving Berlin arrived the other day from England with messages for kin and loved ones of members of “This Is the Army.” Berlin phoned parents, wives, sweethearts and pals, and took down messages to … Continue reading

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