Glennan got more directly involved in feature-length motion pictures in March 1934 when he went to Hollywood as ERPI's vice president and general manager of General Service Studios, Inc. (GSSI). The next year he left Electrical Research Products to take a job as operations manager of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Four years later he became the studio manager, a position of considerable importance where he was responsible for budgeting productions, lighting, sound, set construction, wardrobe, art, and film processing. During his five and a half years at Paramount Glennan provided the logistics necessary to allow the studio's creative teams to stage their productions. He worked with such Hollywood notables as Cecil B. DeMille. Glennan was also credited with important innovations in the film industry during his time at Paramount, including the first full-fledged engineering department in the business and the first recognized industrial relations department. However, in one of the typical moves in the picture business, he was fired in 1940. After a short stint with the Vega Airplane Corporation in Burbank during the summer of 1941, Glennan became the studio manager of Samuel Goldwyn Studios.6

A major change to Glennan's career came, as it did for most other Americans, with the U.S. entry into World War II in December 1941. The summer thereafter he left Goldwyn to enter defense work, taking a position with the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, operated by Columbia University at New London, Connecticut. This laboratory reported to the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), an agency organized by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 to coordinate scientific research and development on behalf of the war effort.7 Under the overall direction of Vannevar Bush, the MIT scientific research organizer par excellence, the OSRD exercised broad influences over national defense research efforts until the end of the war.8

In working for the Underwater Sound Laboratory, Glennan became part of the science and technology team that went to war, the "Scientists against Time" of later fame. It also brought him into contact for the first time with the whole milieu of scientific research as a public service, and it fundamentally affected his outlook during the rest of his career.9 He embodied the progressive trend in U.S. politics that emphasized professionalism and scientific or technological expertise over politics in the solving of national problems.10

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