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Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting

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In a dramatic change of role, the noted television and film star has written a vivid and incisive account of the House Committee on Un-American Activities' probe of the entertainment industry from 1938 to 1958. Formed to investigate alleged subversives, by the late fifties the committee had succeeded in ruining the careers and sometimes the lives of many of Hollywood and Broadway's top writers and performers. Quoting generously from transcripts of its hearings, Vaughn shows how the committee's primary purpose was...
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Overview

In a dramatic change of role, the noted television and film star has written a vivid and incisive account of the House Committee on Un-American Activities' probe of the entertainment industry from 1938 to 1958. Formed to investigate alleged subversives, by the late fifties the committee had succeeded in ruining the careers and sometimes the lives of many of Hollywood and Broadway's top writers and performers. Quoting generously from transcripts of its hearings, Vaughn shows how the committee's primary purpose was punitive rather than legislative, and concludes that its most serious damage to American theatre and film is not easily documented: the loss of all the words never written or spoken because of the impact - and the fear - of the committee's misdeeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879100810
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 978,227
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface and Acknowledgments 15
Introduction 21
I Only Victims 31
II Martin Dies' 1938 Investigation of the Federal Theatre Project 48
III J. Parnell Thomas' 1947 Investigation of Communist Infiltration in the Motion Picture Industry 75
IV John S. Wood's Marathon Ten-Part 1951-1952 Investigation of Communism in the Entertainment Field 118
V Harold H. Velde and Francis S. Walter's 1953-54-55 Entertainment Hearings and the Committee's 1956 Investigation of the Fund for the Republic's Report on Blacklisting 180
VI The Paul Robeson-Arthur Miller Passport Investigations, 1956, and the Most Recent 1957-58 Show Business Hearings 216
VII The 1969-70 New Primary Data Gathered from Correspondence, Questionnaire, and Personal Taped Interviews 240
VIII Conclusion and Implications 267
Afterword 275
App. I The Friendly Witnesses and the Persons They Identified as Communists 287
App. II The Committee's Evidence of Communist Party Membership of Two of the Unfriendly Ten 305
App. III The Briefs of the Hollywood Ten 327
App. IV Cover Letter and Questionnaire Used in Securing New Primary Data 347
Bibliography 352
Index 361
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