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

by Ronald Radosh

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893554962
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.22(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Chapter 1The Romance Begins1
Chapter 2The Hollywood Party21
Chapter 3The Popular Front: 1935-193937
Chapter 4The Nazi-Soviet Pact and Its Aftermath61
Chapter 5"A Great Historic Mistake"93
Chapter 6The Cold War Begins in Hollywood109
Chapter 7Crackdown: The Case of Albert Maltz123
Chapter 8HUAC Goes to Hollywood137
Chapter 9HUAC Returns163
Chapter 10The Struggle of Dalton Trumbo207
Conclusion235
AppendixThe Blacklist on Film243
Acknowledgments249
Notes253
Index291

What People are Saying About This

Tom Wolfe

The poignant myth of the Hollywood Blacklist-of the brave and unflinching Lillian Hellman, the persecuted Hollywood Ten, the contemptible rat Elia Kazan--will not survive this book. In Red Star Over Hollywood Ronald and Allis Radosh give us a sobering, straightforward, scrupulously researched account of the Communist Party's actual goal and role in the movie industry in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Hollywood's Communists, it turns out, were not mere "liberals in a hurry."
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Richard Schickel

"Red Star Over Hollywood is a cool, objective, well-researched and highly readable study of the effects the HUAC hearings and the subsequent blacklist in movie industry in the 1940s and 50s. Unlike many previous studies of this era, it clearly shows that America's Stalinists were as complicit in that tragedy as the American right wing was. One closes the book with feelings of anger and compassion for everyone who was caught up in one of the darkest times of recent history."

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