Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left

Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left

Ronald Radosh

Language: English

Pages: 296

ISBN: 1594031460

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare. But Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America, and their own treatment by the Communist Party. Abandoned by their old CP allies, they faced the Blacklist alone.

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James Cagney, who became closely acquainted with a number of Communists and was a major contributor to the causes they supported. Cagney (an FBI informant noted) was “among those at the head of the list of heavy contributors, who could be counted upon to make additional contributions…as well as to The Hollywood Party 33 maintain his monthly payments.” From their experience with Cagney, Party leaders learned that they had to move to protect such high-profile supporters from unwanted public

as Dunne later wrote, the two major “powers in the MPDC.”5 Working closely with the AFL-CIO and its California political action committee, chaired by Harry Bridges, the Communist chief of the longshoremen’s union, the MDPC began to move “some political mountains in California.” Culbert Olson won the gubernatorial race, which was a political triumph for the Left. The Nazi-Soviet Pact and Its Aftermath 63 Their second victory in the state was the election of Fletcher Bowron, also a well-known

working. I saw extreme poverty, dirt and discomfort, and I didn’t see any of the positive things.” Later on, euphoric reports from Russia by journalists like the New York Times’s Walter Duranty—who won the Pulitzer Prize for his propagandistic dispatches in 1931 and continued to work as Stalin’s favored journalist in Moscow for the rest of his career—led others to believe that things were working gloriously in the USSR and that there was no starvation and no famine. Losey had seen and reported

applauds].” This is the precise Soviet line justifying their aggressive war against Finland, a war never approved or supported by the Roosevelt administration or any U.S. official. Every ounce of Leyda’s energy was spent on seeing to it that the film did the best possible job for Stalin’s propaganda apparatus. The Film’s Reception It is almost impossible to rent or buy a copy of Mission to Moscow today. Unless it is scheduled for showing on PBS, the American Movie Channel or Turner Classic Movies,

international commission called the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry into Palestine. He became an advocate for the creation of a Jewish state and upon his return from Palestine wrote his best-known book, Behind the Silken Curtain. Adrian Scott had just finished reading this book and suggested to Eddie Dmytryk that they hire Crum to represent them before the House committee. Crum agreed. They told him that they had once belonged to the Party and had left it. But when they tried to gain the

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