1944 Warner Bros. publicity ad for “Hollywood Canteen,” with a statement by film personality Bette Davis (who was also the president and co-founder of the canteen). The film was based off of the real Hollywood Canteen, which was located on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
According to Frank Miller’s Turner Classic Movies article on the film, the original canteen was the brainchild of John Garfield, who felt that there was nothing for members of the Armed Forces that were stationed in Hollywood. Inspired by the American Theater Wing’s “Stage Door Canteen” in New York City, Garfield, along with Davis, numerous players and financial/fundraising backing from MCA founder/agent Jules Stein, the Hollywood Canteen was established.
Forty percent of the profits that were made from the “Hollywood Canteen” film were donated to the actual canteen, according to additional details from Miller’s TCM article.
The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” salutes all veterans of the Armed Forces. Thank you to all of our brave servicepeople everywhere! -C.H.