Hollywood did it’s bit during WWII in raising much needed War Bond money. Hoyts Theatres and Fox films had ‘buy a bond to get in’ film premières, which in November 1942 alone raised three and a half million pounds. Stars such as Gene Tierney, pictured below, sold ‘a billion dollars’ worth of bonds in September 1942, in 300 US Cities.
Other actors helped out in different ways. In 1942 Hollywood workers themselves contributed 160,000 pounds to the Red Cross, and invested around 80,000 pounds a week in war savings – not bad for a little town of 33,000 people.
Actress Linda Darnell qualified as a nurses aid, and with her friend Ann Miller ran a day-nursery for mothers enaged in war work. Here is Linda Darnell rolling bandages for the Red Cross.
More than 2000 of Hollywood’s workers were in the Armed services by the end of 1942, and Hollywood also make training films for Allies, Government propaganda movies and sent copies of movies to troops in remote locations.
Some stars gave their metal jewellery to scrap drives, and others, such as Cobina Wright, pictured below, did their bit for the ‘Dig for Victory ‘ campaign.
As many movie making technicians joined the service, some actors spent their free time learning a trade, in case manpower shortages meant that movies could not be made. Here is Ann Corcoran using an Acetylene Torch.
Some glamour girls, such as Ginny Simms and Ann Jeffreys shown below, simply helped out as hostesses in US Service Canteens.
Photos from PIX Magazine, December 5, 1942