Q&A: What were popular things in the 1940’s?

Question by ?PlainAlice?: What were popular things in the 1940’s?
I am doing a report and i need to know musicans, movie, books, foods, toys, fashion, and anything else worth while!!!
I need to do a poster board on Music/Arts/Literature and Pop Culture of the 1940’s.
thanks 4 ur help

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Answer by xo379
This will help: http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade40.html

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2 comments to Q&A: What were popular things in the 1940’s?

  • william_byrnes2000  says:

    Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake changed her hair style because so many women working in factories were wearing their hair long and it was dangerous, so she started wearing a “snood” holding her hair up in the back, Gone With the Wind was a very popular book, and I think they made a movie of it ;).

    And in my mother’s memory, don’t forget Bing Crosby, she always preferred him to “Frankie”.

  • Louise C  says:

    Dance band music was enormously popular in the forties, dance bands led by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey etc were the most popular entertainers. Popular singers included bing Crosby, Frank sinatra, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, and of course the great Jazz musicians Louis Armstrong, duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald etc. In england during WW2 the singer Vera Lynne was immensely popular with her sentimental songs like ‘there’ll be bluebirds over the White cliffs of Dover’, and ‘there’ll always be an England’.

    Popular movies of the forties included the ‘road’ films of bob Hope and Bing Crosby (Road to Zanzibar, Road to Morocco etc), the musicals of Judy Garland (Strike Up the Band, Babes on Broadway For me and My Gal, Meet me in St louis etc) and Deanna Durbin (Spring Parade , ItStarted with Eve, Can’t help singing etc), and the comedies of Abbott and Costello (‘Buck Privates’ ‘Hold that Ghost’ ‘In Society’ ‘the Naughty Nineties’ etc). There were more sophisticated comedies like Katherine Hepburn in ‘the Philadelphia Story’ and ‘Woman of the Year’, and Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in the hilarious black comedy ‘To Be Or Not to Be’ set in occupied Poland. Humphrey Bogart starred in many of his most memorable films like ‘High Sierra’ ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and one of the most famous films ever made ‘Casablanca’. memorable Walt dinsey films of the forties included ‘Fantasia’ ‘Dumbo’ ‘Bambi’ and ‘the three Caballeros’. Danny Kaye made some memorable musical comedies in the forties, ‘Up In Arms’ ‘Wonder Man’ and ‘the Secret Life of Walter Mitty’.

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