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M. Todd Bennett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835746

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837467_bennett

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Courting Uncle Joe

Courting Uncle Joe

Courting Uncle Joe the Theatrics of Soviet-American Matrimony

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One World, Big Screen

M. Todd Bennett

University of North Carolina Press

When Joseph E. Davies showed the film Mission to Moscow to Stalin in the Kremlin in May 1943, he and President Roosevelt hoped that the film would demonstrate American goodwill and help convince Stalin to act in concert with the major Allied powers throughout the war. Mission to Moscow is a Hollywood-made, pro-Soviet picture based on Davies's diplomatic career and served as one of the films that prepared the American public for improved relations with the Soviet Union. This chapter discusses Roosevelt's “courtship” or “wooing” of Stalin and explains how the film's showing at the Kremlin played a role in Roosevelt's Soviet diplomacy.

Keywords:   Joseph E. Davies, Mission to Moscow, Stalin, Kremlin, President Roosevelt, Allied powers, Soviet diplomacy

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