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Hollywood's Blacklists: A Political and Cultural History

Reynold Humphries


‘Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?’ That question was asked repeatedly during the anti-Communist investigations of the House Committee on un-American Activities (HUAC) in the early 1950s. When ten members of the film industry refused to answer, they were blacklisted and fired. Scores of actors, writers and directors shared a similar fate, labelled as Communists or sympathisers. This book explains why and how various investigations of Hollywood took place. It describes the nature and members of the HUAC, the role films played during World War II and the Cold War ... More

Keywords: Communism, HUAC, blacklisting, film industry, Communist sympathisers, Hollywood, World War II, Cold War, collaboration, dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624553
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reynold Humphries, author