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The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-60

 
 
 
 
The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-60
Author: Larry Ceplair - Steven Englund
ISBN 13: 9780252071416
ISBN 10: 252071417
Edition: 1 Ill
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2003-07-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $28.00
 
 

The Inquisition in Hollywood examines the suppression of radical political activity in the film industry from the days of the Great Depression through the tumultuous House Un-American Activities Committee era to the waning days of the infamous blacklist.

Although this thirty-year period of American history is marked by widespread targeting of leftists in all areas of life, those in the film industry - predominately screenwriters - were considered to be in positions of great potential indoctrinating power, and found themselves under intense scrutiny as the cold war hysteria mounted. Ceplair and Englund trace the history of political struggle in Hollywood back to the formation of the Screen Writers Guild in 1933. Many of the blacklisted filmmakers were members of the Communist Party and all of the graylisted filmmakers had expressed their sympathy with progressive (mainly anti-fascist) causes.