Love, patriotism, moviemaking and the influence
of popular culture on religion during WWII.
Spirituality in Hollywood when the stars were
bright. An idealistic farm girl from Oregon follows her boyfriend
Angeles and copes with challenges of both family and
career when he goes to war. A young man
from Ohio loses his first love while rising from
gas pump attendant to movie director at the Fox studio through his
relationships with actresses, in particular star Bette Davis. His work includes
a comical biopic of theologian Jonathan Edwards and adaptations of classics--Wieland,
Modern Chivalry and "Rappaccini's Daughter." His adventures take him to a brothel
of imitation stars and to an orgy hosted by horror actor Lionel Atwill. Hollywood parties reflect the
decadence of Europe while American lives
converge to an inspirational ending.
Stars in uniform appear at a huge reception to honor troops as the
nation rallies after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and the horrific battle
of Tarawa, evoking a spirit of
personal sacrifice, a time when Americans felt more united as a nation than at
any time since. First in a trilogy about
Hollywood social history, to
include Follywood (2004) and Hollyworld (2005).