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Stand Up and Cheer

by Critical Commons Manager

Many Depression-era films employed happy endings to lift the spirits of audience members and suggest that the hard times would soon be over.  But perhaps no film from the period offered a more fanciful conclusion than this Fox musical featuring Warner Baxter and Shirley Temple just before she became a huge star.  Its announcement that “the Depression is over” was, of course, premature.

Our Daily Bread

A depression-era classical Hollywood happy ending

from Our Daily Bread (1934)
Creator: King Vidor
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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