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1933 Hollywood Movie Promoted Fascism

Newspaper magnate William Randolph Randolph back a Hollywood movie promoting Fasism and suggesting that Franklin Roosevelt go Fascist.  Politico has the story:

"....Everybody knows that Hollywood’s a hotbed of liberal-left elitism, pumping out virtue-signaling propaganda in films and ceremonies, right?

So the idea of a movie celebrating fascist dictatorship as the answer to America’s dilemmas seems, at the least, highly improbable.

But that is exactly what a mostly forgotten movie offered 85 years ago amid the throes of economic upheaval—a time that is more like our own than you might think. It also offers us significant insights into what tempts countries to travel down an authoritarian road.

In the early spring of 1933—with a quarter of Americans out of work and banks failing by the day, threatening a complete collapse of the financial system, as farmers watched their crops rot in the field—“Gabriel Over the White House” premiered. The film, directed by Gregory La Cava, had been rushed into production with the financial help of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, and it was designed as a clear message to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that he might need to embrace dictatorial powers to solve the crisis of the Great Depression. (It was an idea embraced by establishment types like columnist Walter Lippmann, and the influential editorial pages of the New York Herald-Tribune.)...."

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