Hollywood's Blacklists by Reynold Humphries

By Reynold Humphries

"Are you currently or have you been a member of the Communist Party?" that query used to be requested many times in the course of the anti-Communist investigations of the home Committee on un-American actions (HUAC) within the early Fifties. whilst ten individuals of the movie refused to reply to, they have been blacklisted and fired. ratings of actors, writers, and administrators shared the same destiny, labelled as Communists or sympathizers. Hollywood's Blacklists explains why and the way a variety of investigations of Hollywood happened. It describes the character and contributors of HUAC, the function movies performed in the course of international battle II and the chilly warfare, and the values at stake within the disagreement among the Left and the fitting that left the previous so resoundingly expelled from Hollywood. Reynold Humphries investigates the factors of assorted gamers and the strategies deployed by way of HUAC to gift collaboration and punish dissent.

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3. The situation was more complex: only those earning over $100 a week were to suffer a cut of 50 per cent, whereas those earning under $50 were exempt. For those in between, the percentage rose in accordance with their weekly earnings. See Prindle 1988: 17. 4. MGM’s profits in the previous quarter had been $5 million and Mayer was one of the highest-paid leaders of industry in America. 5. The moguls’ threat to abandon Los Angeles for Florida was an early example of delocalisation. 6. History has an interesting tendency to repeat itself, as this anecdote concerning the IATSE (see below and note 12) indicates.

25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 31/7/08 10:07 Page 25 25 cogent and forceful opponents of the witch-hunt mentality (McWilliams 1950), he was active in the legal defence of the Hollywood Ten after their conviction, helping to draw up the amicus curiae brief requesting they be heard by the Supreme Court. McWilliams Papers, ‘Hollywood Hussars’ folder. Readers will notice that, for self-styled patriots, ‘Americanism’ goes without saying: it is what they conceive as being ‘American’.

22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 31/7/08 10:07 Page 25 25 cogent and forceful opponents of the witch-hunt mentality (McWilliams 1950), he was active in the legal defence of the Hollywood Ten after their conviction, helping to draw up the amicus curiae brief requesting they be heard by the Supreme Court. McWilliams Papers, ‘Hollywood Hussars’ folder. Readers will notice that, for self-styled patriots, ‘Americanism’ goes without saying: it is what they conceive as being ‘American’.

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