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In Secrecy's ShadowThe OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979$
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Simon Willmetts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692996

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.001.0001

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Quiet Americans: The CIA and Hollywood in the Early Cold War

Quiet Americans: The CIA and Hollywood in the Early Cold War

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(p.121) 3. Quiet Americans: The CIA and Hollywood in the Early Cold War
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In Secrecy's Shadow
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Simon Willmetts

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.003.0003

The CIA was established in 1947, but it did not appear in a Hollywood film until Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959. Why? This chapter explains Hollywood’s long silence on American foreign intelligence during the early Cold War. It argues that a combination of patriotism, stringent libel laws, the restrictions of the semi-documentary format, and Hollywood’s in-house industry censor the Production Code Administration, encouraged filmmakers to respect the CIA’s proclaimed “passion for anonymity”. It ends with a sustained examination of one of the most well-known examples of CIA interference with a Hollywood representation of their Agency: Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1958 adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, semi-documentary, The Quiet American, Joseph Mankiewicz, Central Intelligenced Agency, CIA, Graham Greene, Production Code Administration, Allen Dulles

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