Caught In The Crossfire

Caught In The Crossfire

by Jennifer E. Langdon
     
 

In the summer of 1947, Crossfire, a controversial thriller exposing American anti-Semitism, was a critical and box-office hit, and RKO producer Adrian Scott was at the pinnacle of his career. Within several months, however, Scott became infamous as a member of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted for his refusal to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities

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Overview

In the summer of 1947, Crossfire, a controversial thriller exposing American anti-Semitism, was a critical and box-office hit, and RKO producer Adrian Scott was at the pinnacle of his career. Within several months, however, Scott became infamous as a member of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted for his refusal to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood reconstructs the production and reception of Scott's major films, exploring the political and creative challenges faced by Hollywood radicals within the studio system and reassessing the relationship among film noir, antifascism, anticommunism, and the politics of Americanism.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142502
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2008
Series:
Gutenberg-E Series
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
1.13(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Reel Reds, Real Americans: Politics and Culture in the Studio System 1

2 Raising the Cry of Alarm: Popular Nationalism, World War Two, and the New Political Filmmaking 34

3 Progressive Producer In the Studio System: Film Noir and the Production of Murder, My Sweet 71

4 They Must Not Escape: Cornered and the Specter of Postwar Fascism 97

5 You Can't Do That: From The Brick Foxhole to Crossfire 123

6 It Can Happen Here: Noir Style and the Politics of Antifascism in Crossfire 173

7 Is it Good for the Jews? The Jewish Response to Crossfire 221

8 Hate is Like a Loaded Gun: Shaping the Public Response to Crossfire 264

9 Americanism on Trial: HUAC, the Hollywood Ten, and the Politics of Anti-Communism 301

10 The Triumph of Anti-Communist Americanism: The Blacklist and Beyond 354

Conclusion 390

Abbreviations 399

Works Cited 401

Document Archive 413

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