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The Wartime Ghost Boom

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Philip Jenkins - published on 12/18/14


1940        Turnabout; Beyond Tomorrow; The Ghost Breakers
1941        Here Comes Mr. Jordan; The Devil and Daniel Webster; Topper Returns
1942         I Married A Witch; The Horn Blows at Midnight; Cat People; The Remarkable Andrew; Thunder Rock
1943        Heaven Can Wait; A Guy Named Joe
1944        The Canterville Ghost; The Uninvited; It Happened Tomorrow; Curse of the Cat People
1945         Blithe Spirit; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Dead of Night; A Place of One’s Own
1946         Stairway to Heaven; It’s a Wonderful Life; Angel on my Shoulder
1947        Ghost and Mrs. Muir; Nightmare Alley
1948        The Night Has a Thousand Eyes; Portrait of Jennie

I’m open to expanding the list!

But my point remains. Just because they were presented in the form of popular culture, we should not underestimate these productions as critical sources for social and religious history. 

Philip Jenkinsis a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and author of The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade.

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