Hollywood and actors at war

Discussion in 'General' started by chipm, Sep 15, 2018 at 10:19 PM.

  1. chipm

    chipm Member

    I was watching a documentary about MGM. It mentioned Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Robert Montgomery.....as being combat soldiers.
    Gable used a camera AND Machine Guns to fight the Germans in Europe.
    Jimmy Stewart did the same as a Pilot/Commander of a B-17, flying bombing missions over Nazi Europe.
    Similar things were said about Montgomery.
    Was it that simple and factual.?
    I assume these were all guys in their 30's or 40's...maybe closer to 50 with Gable.?
    Anyway...did these guys really go on multiple and routine combat missions...a lot of times.?
    Guys that old, being commissioned as officers and then showing up for combat duty.?
    Is there any more to the story.?
    I am not disparaging anybody or any facts. I have no doubts these guys wanted to Fight and Help.
    Just wondering what actually transpired.
    Thank You
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  2. von Poop

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  3. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

  4. chipm

    chipm Member

    Wow.....Defense Media Network"....i never seem to be able to turn up links like that when i search.
    Thanks For The Info :)
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  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Here's some info on Robert Montgomery from IMDB from "They Were Expendable"

    Robert Montgomery was a real-life PT skipper in World War 2. He helped direct some of the PT sequences for the film when John Ford broke his leg three weeks into filming. Montgomery finished the film and was complimented by Ford for his work. Ford claimed he couldn't tell the difference between his footage and Montgomery's, who took no screen credit.

    During production, John Ford had put John Wayne down every chance he got, because Wayne had not enlisted to fight in World War II. Ford commanded a naval photographic unit during the war, rising to the rank of captain and thought Wayne a coward for staying behind. After months of Ford heaping insults on Wayne's head, co-star Robert Montgomery finally approached the director and told him that if he was putting Wayne down for Montgomery's benefit (Montgomery had also served as a naval officer in the war), then he needed to stop immediately. This brought the tough-as-nails director to tears and he stopped abusing Wayne.

    Though many had questioned John Wayne's getting an exemption from military service during World War II, it was not entirely his fault. Wayne was exempted from service due to his age (34 at the time of Pearl Harbor) and family status, classified as 3-A (family deferment). He repeatedly wrote to John Ford, asking to be placed in Ford's military unit, but consistently postponed it until "after he finished one more film", Wayne did not attempt to prevent his reclassification as 1-A (draft eligible), but Republic Pictures was emphatically resistant to losing him; Herbert J. Yates, President of Republic, threatened Wayne with a lawsuit if he walked away from his contract and Republic intervened in the Selective Service process, requesting Wayne's further deferment.
  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Jimmy Stewart on the cover of LOOK magazine and other Holywood notables.

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  7. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Why not.
    officers were acting in POW camps, invited locals and apparently theywere great performers.
    I have a story of a local optician and his son invited forone performance and I think, I still have the programme.
    Some officers had a job before1939, but what would they do after the war - acting of course.
  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Anyone have a copy of that article, " The War is Proving Seversky Wrong by Paul Schubert"
  9. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thank you, Guy. I was able to find that site too but it seems to just contain title information on the articles without any content. Were you able to see any of the text? I might be doing something wrong
  11. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    I was hoping to find out which magazine the article was published in?
    You would be able to order a digital copy from the archive.
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