Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s

K. Lloyd Billingsley July 24, 2019

Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s K. Lloyd Billingsley 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.

Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s K. Lloyd Billingsley

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