Marie Wilson, Ken Murray, Jack Oakie and Olivia DeHavilland in 1944 at the Hollywood Canteen. The Hollywood Canteen operated in Hollywood, California, between October 1942, and November 1945, as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas.
A recent book, The Hollywood Canteen: Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World, offers a complete history of this unique institution, and “even the radio broadcasts are covered (including photos of Bob Hope and Orson Welles before the radio microphone).”
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Thomas A. DeLong is the author of Pops: Paul Whiteman, King of Jazz, Quiz Craze: America’s Infatuation with Game Shows and Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 Through 1960, among other books.