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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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||The Romance Begins||1|
|Chapter 2||The Hollywood Party||21|
|Chapter 3||The Popular Front: 1935-1939||37|
|Chapter 4||The Nazi-Soviet Pact and Its Aftermath||61|
|Chapter 5||"A Great Historic Mistake"||93|
|Chapter 6||The Cold War Begins in Hollywood||109|
|Chapter 7||Crackdown: The Case of Albert Maltz||123|
|Chapter 8||HUAC Goes to Hollywood||137|
|Chapter 9||HUAC Returns||163|
|Chapter 10||The Struggle of Dalton Trumbo||207|
|Appendix||The Blacklist on Film||243|
What People are Saying About This
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."
author of I am Charlotte Simmons
"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."