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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 08:18 PM

'The Hollywood Ten' Blacklist, Anti- Communist 'Red Scare' Cold War Era

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HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee, was a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives established in 1938 that investigated alleged communist activity in the U.S. during the Cold War (1945-91).

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In October 1947, 10 members of the Hollywood film industry publicly denounced the tactics employed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), an investigative committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, during its probe of alleged communist influence in the American motion picture business.

-> Testimony from accused and friendly witnesses included actors Gary Cooper and Ronald Reagan, screen writer Dalton Trumbo, film producer Walt Disney and others. Prominent screenwriters and directors, who became known as the Hollywood Ten, received jail sentences and were banned from working for the major Hollywood studios. Their defiant stands also placed them at center stage in a national debate over the controversial anti-communist crackdown that swept through the US in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Besides the Hollywood Ten, other members of the film industry with alleged communist ties were later banned from working for the big movie studios. The Hollywood blacklist came to an end in the 1960s.

- Reds in Hollywood: In the years following World War II (1939-45), the United States and Soviet Union engaged in a tense military and political rivalry that became known as the Cold War. Although the U.S. and its communist rival rarely confronted each other directly, they both attempted to extend their influence and promote their systems of government around the world. A number of Americans believed that their nationís security depended on preventing the spread of communism, and this attitude created an atmosphere of fear and suspicion in many parts of the country. During the Cold War, anti-communist legislators grew concerned that the movie industry could serve as a source of subversive propaganda...
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- The Hollywood Blacklist (1947-1960) Includes 1947 congressional hearing testimony of actors Gary Cooper, Ronald Reagan, the former head of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) labor union, and also later interviews with Hollywood figures who were blacklisted (Ring Lardner, Jr. screenwriter and more).

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Nov 19, 2019, 08:26 PM

1. And today Republicans worship at the alter of Vladimir Putin

Former Communist KGB director in the old Soviet Union. Who worked 24/7 then, as he does now, to take down the USA.

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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 08:33 PM

2. The turnatound and irony since the early Cold War is staggering!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Nov 19, 2019, 09:56 PM

3. Bookmarking to read and watch later. Thanks for posting.

Looks interesting.

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