*This episode originally aired on April 14th, 2014*
Before World War II, the Hollywood box office was booming, but the entertainment industry's relationship with Washington D.C. was strained. All of that changed after Pearl Harbor. Over the next few years, five major filmmakers: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens, turned their lenses on documenting the war from the front lines. For some of them, like John Huston, their war experience was a career-defining turn. For others, the experience was less beneficial. Pop culture journalist Mark Harris' new book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, is the untold story about how the war not only changed these filmmakers as people, but also changed the way they would make movies forever.
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