Arts and Entertainment during the Great Depression

During the great depression people used entertainment to escape what was going on around them. Radios,
movies, and music were at an all time high.
During this time the jukebox was invented. Many genres were discovered such as country and swing. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller popular bandleaders.Women could listen to soap operas and families could listen to the stories The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger. Other things to do in the 1930s was go see a movie such as:The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Gone With The Wind.

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Another popular form of entertainment during the Great Depression would be books and comic strips. Blondie is a popular comic strip created by American cartoonist Chic Young in 1930. The strip portrays the zany adventures of Blondie Bumstead and her husband, Dagwood.By the late 1930's, "Blondie" was one of the most popular comic strips in the world. The characters appeared in a series of 28 motion pictures from 1938 to 1950, starring Arthur Lake as Dagwood and Penny Singleton as Blondie.

When people weren't busy families and neighbors would usually spend some good, clean fun together. They would play games like monopoly, scrabble, pinochle, canasta, and bridge.

"Shirley could make people believe if only for 90 minutes that there were no problems in the world"(stated by Dickie Moore) Shirley Temple was a child prodigy dancer and actress. Her curly blonde hair, cute smile, appealing lisp, and ability to tap dance and sing made her a truly unforgettable star. Shirley Temple changed people's spirits during the Great Depression by putting a smile on everybody's face.

The Great Depression had just begun and Fox Studios, with whom Shirley later signed a contract, was going out of business. They needed a star that would bring them some money. Shirley got the small part in the movie Stand up and Cheer and afterwards, everything was going uphill for her and Fox Studios. Shirley and her movies represent the spirit of the 1930s because it was her who saves thousands of people from emotional depression. People were escaping the hardships of poverty by going to the movies to see a happy little girl sing and dance and smile for them.
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