Actors On Red Alert

Overview

The anti-Communist hysteria that began in the 1930s was further empowered in 1938 when the House of Representatives established the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Soon thereafter, the creation of the blacklist in the late 1940s brought the Hollywood film and television community into the fold. Provocatively capturing the controversy and sentiments surrounding this period of political imbalance, Actors on Red Alert explores the repercussions of the blacklist through career interviews with five prominent...

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Overview

The anti-Communist hysteria that began in the 1930s was further empowered in 1938 when the House of Representatives established the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Soon thereafter, the creation of the blacklist in the late 1940s brought the Hollywood film and television community into the fold. Provocatively capturing the controversy and sentiments surrounding this period of political imbalance, Actors on Red Alert explores the repercussions of the blacklist through career interviews with five prominent actors and actresses.

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Editorial Reviews

Rapport
Although the subject's been covered before, here is the personal record on how the blacklist, a result of the inquiry of The House On UnAmerican Activities Committee, personally hurt the careers and psyche of these people.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Captures the controversy and sentiments surrounding the period of political blacklisting through career interviews with five prominent actors and actresses - Phil Brown, Rose Hobart, Marsha Hunt, Marc Lawrence, and Doris Nolan. Their very different stories help to underline the impact of the blacklisting process.
Historical Journal Of Film Radio & Television
...the five actors—Phil Brown, Rose Hobart, Marsha Hunt, Marc Lawrence, and Doris Nolan—form interesting case studies helped along through Slide's gentle prompting, utilising the blacklisting and graylisting as the bond holding each of the lives together...both vivid and invaluable...a valuable resource to students and enthusiasts alike...What is clear from Slide's patient and intelligent questioning is the vibrancy of the memories of five unequivocally different actors...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810836495
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #67
  • Edition number: 192
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Slide has published many books and articles on the performing arts. He is a highly respected scholar of film history, and has authored such books as The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry (1998), On Actors and Acting (1998), and Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian (1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Interviews
Phil Brown 13
Rose Hobart 37
Marsha Hunt 47
Marc Lawrence 73
Doris Nolan 85
A Rebuttal
Alexander Knox Responds to Charges That He Is a Member of the Communist Party 117
Filmographies
Phil Brown 137
Rose Hobart 141
Marsha Hunt 145
Marc Lawrence 151
Doris Nolan 165
Index 167
About the Author 173
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