Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters - Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler

Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters - Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler

by Allan H. Ryskind


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Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters - Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler by Allan H. Ryskind

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for! The true story of the much mythologized ‘Hollywood Ten’ by a scion of Hollywood royalty.” — Ann Coulter, author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, including Adios America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hell-Hole

“Coming from one who has not only studied the postwar period in Hollywood but actually lived in it, Hollywood Traitors offers a rare perspective that is sure to prompt discussion and re-examination of the time when Stalin drew higher praise in some U.S. motion pictures than he did in Russian films.”—John Gizzi, White House correspondent and chief political colunist, Newsmax

“A real-life thriller about the movies, exploding the fifty-year myth that the Hollywood were innocent victims of a witch hunt. Must read for students of Cold War history.”—M. Stanton Evans, author of Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies

There is a myth about the Hollywood Blacklist. The “Hollywood Ten” were dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and grilled on their associations with Communism, hid behind their Fifth Amendment rights, and refused to name names of Hollywood Communists. They were completely shut out from the filmmaking industry by Congress and considered the heroes of the hour by many in Hollywood. But it’s time to set the record straight.

In Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters—Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler, Allan Ryskind reveals how the alleged “victims” of the Hollywood Blacklist were actually ideological thugs: enthusiastic Stalinists committed to bringing about a socialist utopia in America—even by violent revolution.

Ryskind, a long-time editor of Ronald Reagan’s favorite publication, Human Events, tells the true story of how these screenwriters prostituted their talent in the service of anti-American, pro-Communist propaganda.

Ryskind pens the riveting report from an insider’s perspective. His father, Morrie Ryskind, was a screenwriter in Hollywood and was joined by Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Walt Disney, and others at the forefront of the anti-Communist movement in Hollywood—even at the expense of their careers and reputations.

In Hollywood Traitors you will learn:

  • How the Hollywood Communists took their orders straight from the Party headquarters in New York, which in turn took them directly from Stalin’s Comintern, responsible for promoting international revolution
  • How Communists attempted to take over Hollywood trade unions to control the American film industry
  • Many major films clearly toed the Soviet line, including Casablanca, Arise my Love, Paris Falling, and Mission to Moscow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572060
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Pages: 538
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Allan Ryskind is the son of Hollywood screenwriter Morrie Ryskind, who co-wrote many screenplays on the Marx Brothers and many Broadway musicals. His father, along with Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Walt Disney, and many others, led the charge against the Communist movement in Hollywood.

Mr. Ryskind, who covered Capitol Hill during much of the Clinton presidency, has been a reporter and editor with Human Events since 1959. He currently serves as editor-at-large for the online publication. He is also the author of a well-regarded biography of Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic challenger that narrowly lost the presidency to Richard Nixon in 1968.

Mr. Ryskind resides in the D.C. metro area with his family.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters ix

Preface: Morrie Ryskind: Hollywood Anti-Communist (and My Father) xv

Chapter 1 The Stalinist Ten 1

Chapter 2 The Birth of the Screen Writers Guild 11

Chapter 3 "Communism… Must Be Fought For" 19

Chapter 4 Anti-Fascist or Pro-Stalin? 29

Chapter 5 The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League 35

Chapter 6 The Pro-Hitler Congress 43

Chapter 7 Red and Brown Sabotage 55

Chapter 8 The American Peace Mobilization Goes to War 61

Chapter 9 Red Propaganda in Films 71

Chapter 10 Blockade: The Party Targets Spain 81

Chapter 11 Ninotchka Slips through a Red Filter 95

Chapter 12 Red Heyday in Hollywood 103

Chapter 13 Mission for Stalin 119

Chapter 14 The Great Escape 137

Chapter 15 The Anti-Communists Weigh In 145

Chapter 16 The Cold War Begins 153

Chapter 17 Screenwriters Embrace a Comintern Agent 161

Chapter 18 HUAC 169

Chapter 19 More Friendly Witnesses 187

Chapter 20 Phil Dunne's Strange Crusade 197

Chapter 21 The Writers Self-Destruct 207

Chapter 22 Portents of Disaster 221

Chapter 23 The Screen Writer; Red as a Rose 231

Chapter 24 Emmet Lavery's Critical Turnaround 247

Chapter 25 The Blacklist Begins 257

Chapter 26 Game, Set, Match 267

Chapter 27 Herb Sorrell and the CSU Strike 273

Chapter 28 Reagan Outwits the Reds 285

Chapter 29 The Silencing of Albert Maltz 293

Chapter 30 Dalton Trumbo, Communist Conformist 301

Chapter 31 From Pacifist to Holy Warrior 315

Chapter 32 Lillian Hellman: Scarlet Woman, Scarlet Lies 323

Chapter 33 Donald Ogden Stewart: Hollywood Revolutionary 337

Chapter 34 John Howard Lawson: The CPs "Grand Pooh-Bah" 345

Chapter 35 Elia Kazan Deserved His Oscar 355

Chapter 36 Arthur Miller-Was He or Wasn't He? 369

Chapter 37 The Curious Case of Michael Blankfort 379

Chapter 38 Reds on the Blacklist 389

Chapter 39 Rehabilitating Ex-Reds 399

Chapter 40 Red Reminiscences 407

Chapter 41 Hollywood Today 417

Appendix A The Communist Cards of the Hollywood Ten 425

Appendix B Selected Filmography 429

Appendix C Scrubbing Robert Taylor's Name 439

Acknowledgements 441

Notes 443

Index 481

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