"After Pearl Harbor, the men really began leaving town. David Niven was gone now. So too, was Flight Officer Laurence Olivier. And more and more from the Hollywood ranks kept leaving. Gable, Fonda, Reagan, the well-knowns and the lesser-knowns. Power, Taylor, Payne, Skelton and many others...More Hollywood regulars went away, so other, newer newcomers had to be found to replace them because the box office was booming."
The new stars were Alan Ladd, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Joseph Cotton and Betty Hutton.
This article is a small segment clipped from a PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE piece that recounted the history of Hollywood movies from 1912 to 1948.
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