Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with by Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh

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By Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh

Beforehand, Hollywood's political heritage has been ruled by way of a gradual flow of movies and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the crimson Scare. yet Ronald and Allis Radosh exhibit that the genuine drama of that period lay within the tale of the motion picture stars, administrators and particularly screenwriters who joined the Communist celebration or traveled in its orbit, and made the get together the focal point in their political and social lives. The authors' so much arguable discovery is that in the investigations of the home Committee on Un-American actions, the Hollywood Reds themselves have been beset by way of doubts and disagreements approximately their disloyalty to the USA, and their very own therapy through the Communist occasion. deserted via their previous CP allies, they confronted the Blacklist by myself.

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As he searched for a theme for a new play, he wrote, “deep within me had been growing the disquieting realization that my childhood gods had played me false, that my quest for security through social and financial success had let me up the garden path,” which “seemed to have come to a dead end…. It suddenly came over me that I was on the wrong side. ” 44 Soon Stewart began to think “romantically” of himself as a Communist. His next step was to join the Party. In April 1936, Stewart hosted a dinner at the Victor Hugo Restaurant.

Richard Collins joined the Party in 1937 and moved swiftly up through the ranks over the next ten years, becoming the head of his cell and a board member of the Screen Writers Guild. The son of a successful dressmaker whose shop was on the fashionable corner of New York City’s 57th Street and Park Avenue, Collins had attended the Browning School, where he was one of three Jewish students. The family relocated to California, where Collins’ father got a job at Twentieth Century Fox as the head designer in the costume department.

I]t all seemed so sensible: take from the overrich, give to the poor. Distribute the wealth. ”47 ✰ 3 The Popular Front: 1935–1939 I N A UGUST 1935, C OMMUNISTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WERE informed that the “left turn” had been declared over. No longer were Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal to be portrayed as an American variant of fascism. The Seventh Comintern Congress, chaired by the Bulgarian Georgi Dimitrov, announced that henceforth Communists would unite with liberal democrats throughout the West in a Popular Front.

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