Show trial : Hollywood, HUAC, and the birth of the blacklist /

In 1947, the Cold War came to Hollywood when the House Un-American Activities Committee held a round of hearings into alleged Communist subversion in the movie industry. The major studios pledged to never again employ a known Communist or unrepentant fellow traveler, the declaration marking the onse...

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Main Author: Doherty, Thomas Patrick,
Format: Book
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Physical Description: xiv, 406 pages : black and white illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Series: Film and culture.
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Summary: In 1947, the Cold War came to Hollywood when the House Un-American Activities Committee held a round of hearings into alleged Communist subversion in the movie industry. The major studios pledged to never again employ a known Communist or unrepentant fellow traveler, the declaration marking the onset of the blacklist era, a time when political allegiances, real or suspected, determined employment opportunities in the entertainment industry. Thomas Doherty takes us behind the scenes of this media-political spectacle, a courtroom drama starring actors, moguls, on-the-make congressmen, lawyers, investigators, and screenwriters, all recorded by newsreel cameras and broadcast over radio. Doherty explores the background to the hearings and details the theatrical elements of a proceeding that bridged the realms of entertainment and politics.--From publisher's description.
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Language: English
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-389) and index.
ISBN: 0231187785
9780231187787