Entertainment in the 1930’s In the 1930’s people were experiencing a lot of hardships in their daily lives. The Great Depression was a big problem for many people. Many people in America in the 1930’s did not work because of The Great Depression. A lot of people did a lot of work that was not paid by the government. A main source of work for people who did not have jobs was the entertainment industry. This was a good industry because Americans will spend money on entertainment. The most popular entertainment of the 1930’s was the hit musical called “Gone with the Wind”. They preferred the entertainment industry because it could be done very inexpensively but the people who performed made money to meet their daily needs. Back then Radio was widely popular. Comedies, gangster movies, and musicals helped people forget their troubles of their daily lives. Also in the 1930’s many famous entertainment artists were exposed such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller popular bandleaders. In the 1940s, the bands started to break up, and band singers like Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan went out on their own.