The Subversive Screen: Communist Influence in Hollywood's Golden Age

ABC-CLIO, 17. sij 2019. - Broj stranica: 126

From the Great Depression through World War II, the American Communist Party tried to take control of the motion picture industry. This comprehensive and chronological account of Communist influence in Hollywood surveys the topic from the Popular Front's fight against Fascism during the 1930s to the height of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in the late 1940s.

Birdnow, an established historian and chronicler of domestic Communism, outlines Communist International's organizational efforts promoting international communism, focusing on the work of Communist political activists such as Willi Münzenberg, a media mogul with an international network; Gerhart Eisler, patron of a Hollywood composer; and Otto Katz, a high-profile publicist of the party line involved in movies in the 1930s and 1940s.

The book explores the covert ways in which Hollywood Communists and Soviet sympathizers attempted to tailor movie scripts to suit the Soviet agenda and discusses Communist front groups such as the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League in great detail. Final chapters offer convincing proof that the directors, producers, and screenwriters blacklisted by studios for their possible Communist affiliations, known as the Hollywood Ten, were members of the Communist Party.


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chapter one Origins of the Hollywood Communist Party
chapter two The American Component
chapter three CPUSAHollywood and the Popular Front Against Fascism
chapter four Hollywood and the Good War
chapter five Golden Age Sunset
chapter six The HUAC Hearings
chapter seven Epilogue
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Brian E. Birdnow, PhD, is adjunct professor of history at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. He has authored The St. Louis Five: Communism, Anti-Communism, and the Federal Courts in Missouri, 1852–1958 and Gerald R. Ford: The All-American President.

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