War and politics
in Cinema and radio in Britain and America, 1920–60
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The Second World War was a radio war. Radio in wartime was informational and inspirational. It provided news, entertainment, propaganda. Three notable British films derived their titles from recurrent phrases in the news bulletins: One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing, The Next of Kin and Fires Were Started. Two of the memorable radio voices of the war were the novelist and playwright J. B. Priestley and Quentin Reynolds. The Lion Has Wings was made by Alexander Korda in six weeks flat, following the outbreak of the war. Dangerous Moonlight, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and scripted by Terence Young, was a classic romantic melodrama in which a Polish concert pianist falls in love with and marries an American millionaire's daughter. Radio had a role to play too during the Cold War, in two films in which God intervenes in the modern world directly.


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