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Tender comrades : a backstory of the Hollywood blacklist

Author: Patrick McGilligan; Paul Buhle
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In October of 1947, The House Un-American Activities Committee launched hearings in Washington, D.C., to investigate Communist influence in the motion picture industry. Writers, actors, directors, and other industry figures were called before HUAC and commanded to "name names": to save themselves by betraying their colleagues. In what amounted to a signal instance of cultural repression, those who defied HUAC were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McGilligan; Paul Buhle
ISBN: 0312170467 9780312170462
OCLC Number: 36800596
Description: xx, 776 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: meet the people / Patrick McGilligan and Paul Buhle --
Norma Barzman (and Ben Barzman) / Larry Ceplair --
Leonardo Bercovici / Paul Buhle --
Walter Bernstein / Paul Buhle --
John (Jack) Berry / Patrick McGilligan --
Alvah Bessie / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate --
Allen Boretz / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate --
John Bright / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate --
Jean Rouverol Butler (and Hugo Butler) / Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner --
Jeff Corey / Patrick McGilligan --
Jules Dassin / Patrick McGilligan. Edward Eliscu / Patrick McGilligan and David Eliscu --
Anne Froelick / Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner --
Bernard Gordon / Patrick McGilligan --
Faith Hubley (and John Hubley) / Patrick McGilligan --
Marsha Hunt / Glenn Lovell --
Paul Jarrico / Patrick McGilligan --
Mickey Knox / Patrick McGilligan --
Millard Lampell / Paul Buhle --
Ring Lardner Jr. / Patrick McGilligan --
Robert Lees / Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner --
Alfred Lewis Levitt (and Helen Slote Levitt) / Larry Ceplair --
Karen Morley / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate. Abraham Polonsky / Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner --
Maurice Rapf / Patrick McGilligan --
Betsy Blair Reisz / Patrick McGilligan --
Martin Ritt / Patrick McGilligan --
Marguerite Roberts (and John Sanford) / Tina Daniell --
Joan LaCour Scott (and Adrian Scott) / Paul Buhle --
Lionel Stander / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate --
Bess Taffel / Patrick McGilligan --
Frank Tarloff / Paul Buhle --
Bernard Vorhaus / John Baxter --
John Weber / Paul Buhle --
John Wexley / Patrick McGilligan and Ken Mate --
Julian Zimet (AKA Julian Halevy) / Julian (Halevy) Zimet.
Responsibility: Patrick McGilligan and Paul Buhle ; photographs by Alison Morley and William B. Winburn.

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In October of 1947, The House Un-American Activities Committee launched hearings in Washington, D.C., to investigate Communist influence in the motion picture industry. Writers, actors, directors, and other industry figures were called before HUAC and commanded to "name names": to save themselves by betraying their colleagues. In what amounted to a signal instance of cultural repression, those who defied HUAC were shouted down - and marked down on lists that ruined their lives and careers. And they have never been given their full chance to speak ... until now. In the pages of Tender Comrades, thirty-six blacklist survivors tell their life stories. Together their voices form a unique collection of Hollywood profiles in courage. For years before 1947, a close-knit left-wing and liberal community had thrived in Hollywood, taking stands on controversial issues and causes while making some of the finest films of the 1930s and 1940s. Hardly a circle bent on revolt, these individuals were, rather, committed to integrating their humanism into their lives and work. When they were blacklisted and driven from the industry - some into false identities, some out of the country altogether - the world of film suffered an immeasurable loss.

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