Disc 5 – Over the Rainbow

Only in American: The Story of American Jews

Disc 5 – Over the Rainbow: The Jews Who Created Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood, Part II

Louis B. Mayer, Adolph Zukor, Samuel Goldwyn and other immigrant Jews created Hollywood—-from nothing. They spoke little or no English when they arrive0d, yet these Jewish “moguls” distilled small town Protestant culture, like Dorothy’s Kansas, and fed it back to Protestant America, creating an American mythology in the process. In the late ’40s and ’50s the blacklist, with its antisemitic overtones, descended upon Hollywood, setting friend against friend. The story is told using a mix of oral histories, interviews, and movie music and clips.

Jon Stewart quips about the Jewish writers on “The Daily Show”, Mel Brooks describes his experience with antisemitism. He explains why “Producers” is not antisemitic as some have charged.

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