Hollywood Party How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the s and s In the fall of some of the biggest names in show business filled the Motion Picture Academy theater in Beverly Hills for Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist a lavish production worthy of an Oscar

  • Title: Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Author: K. Lloyd Billingsley
  • ISBN: 9780761521662
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the fall of 1997 some of the biggest names in show business filled the Motion Picture Academy theater in Beverly Hills for Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist, a lavish production worthy of an Oscar telecast In song, film, and live performances by stars such as Billy Crystal, Kevin Spacey, and John Lithgow, the audience relived a time some fifty years before, when, as thIn the fall of 1997 some of the biggest names in show business filled the Motion Picture Academy theater in Beverly Hills for Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist, a lavish production worthy of an Oscar telecast In song, film, and live performances by stars such as Billy Crystal, Kevin Spacey, and John Lithgow, the audience relived a time some fifty years before, when, as the story has always been told, courageous writers and actors stood firm against a witch hunt and blacklist that wrecked lives and destroyed careers Left untold that night, and ignored in books and films for than half a century, was a story not so politically correct but vastly complex and dramatic The best exploration I ve seen of the Hollywood blacklist and the Communist Party s role in that conflict Charlton HestonIn Hollywood Party the complete story finally emerges, backdropped by the great upheavals of our time and with all the elements of a thriller wrenching plot twists, intrigue, betrayal, violence, corruption, misguided passion, and lost idealism Using long neglected information from public records, the personal files of key players, and recent revelations from Soviet archives, Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley uncovers the Communist Party s strategic plan for taking control of the movie industry during its golden age, a plan that came perilously close to success He shows how the Party dominated the politics of the movie industry during the 1930s and 1940s, raising vast sums of money from unwitting liberals and conscripting industry luminaries into supporting Stalinist causes.In riveting detail, the shameful truth unfolds Communist writers, actors, and directors, wealthy beyond the dreams of most Americans, posture as proletarian wage slaves as they try to influence the content of movies From the days of the Popular Front through the Nazi Soviet Pact and beyond World War II, they remain faithful to a regime whose brutality rivaled that of Hitler s Nazis.Their plans for control of the industry a shambles by the mid 1950s, the Party nonetheless succeeded in shaping the popular memory of those days By chronicling what has been left on the cutting room floor, from back story to aftermath, Hollywood Party changes those perceptions forever.

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    1. I read this shortly before I entered grad school, so it got a bit of a pass, since my critical faculties weren't yet as developed. It is better than one might expect for a popular work pushing a political agenda, and some good points are raised in terms of the "usual" story presented in mass media regarding the Hollywood Blacklist and/or "McCarthy era." While academic historians may be more careful, it is not uncommon in the mainstream to hear McCarthy’s name connected with the Hollywood Seven [...]


    2. This was an interesting challenge to the accepted narrative concerning the "persecution" of Communists in Hollywood during the Cold War. One chapter of the book, entitled "Those Witches Did Not Exist; Communists Do" pretty much sums up the entire thrust of the author's argument. Many noted stars and film-making hands were influenced or affected by the congressional hearings covering the Communist infiltration of Hollywood; and many are convinced nowadays that they were an unfairly persecuted gro [...]


    3. This is a very interesting book and well worth the read. If you are a fan of Hollywood movies, and I mean the great movies of the past like Spartacus, East of Eden, Splendor in the Grass, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and many, many more this book will hold your interest from beginning until the end. The influence of the Communist Party in Hollywood since the 1930's is astounding. Thoroughly cited, great appendices, and index this book delivers the goods it promises. I recommend i [...]


    4. FROM CAMBRIA: First of all, the book’s title is a bit of a misnomer. It should be titled, “How Communism Failed to Seduce the American Film Industry in the ’30’s and ’40’s but Succeeded in Doing So in the ’60’s and ’70’s,” for what Kenneth Billingsley presents is a rather surprisingly ineffective campaign on the part of the communists to have a major impact on the type of films Americans viewed. Plenty of screenwriters did become communists, but they never could bring thems [...]


    5. Why do you suppose we had HUAC, the Red Scare of the 1950's, McCarthyism, etc.? Because before there was a blacklist, and all the cruelty and suffering that came with it, there really was an organized attempt by Communists to impart their ideology through motion pictures.Did you know that decades before today's Hollywood imposed a voluntary variety of political correctness on much of its political product, there was a time when Communist writers actually submitted their scripts to a Party censor [...]



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