THE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES AT UC SANTA CRUZ

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Bruce Thompson: “Jews and the Hollywood Dream Machine”

Did you know that the first American movie star, Bronco Billy Anderson, was a Jewish guy from New York whose real name was Max Aronson? Yes, long before Mel Brooks discovered the West in “Blazing Saddles,” it was a Jew who invented the archetypal figure of the American cowboy!

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