HOLLYWOOD ON TRIAL
1976, David Helpern, Documentary
LENGTH: 101 min
DIRECTOR: David Helpern
CAST: Dalton Trumbo, Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan
CREW: PRODUCER: James C. Gutman; SCREENWRITER: Arnie Reisman; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Barry Abrams
A detailed look at the events leading up to the blacklisting of Hollywood writers and artists. In October 1947 nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify about their knowledge or possible involvement in the American Communist Party. The first ten to be called refused to cooperate, claiming their first amendment rights, were cited for contempt of Congress and sent to prison. They became known as the “Hollywood Ten” and this is their story.
Narrated by John Huston, with appearances by Zero Mostel, Otto Preminger, and Ronald Reagan as President of the Screen Actors Guild; the “Hollywood Ten:” Ring Lardner, Jr., Edward Dmytryk, Adrian Scott, Dalton Trumbo, Lester Cole, Herbert Biberman, John Lawson, Alva Bessie, Samuel Ornitz, Albert Maltz. Their accusers, from the right wing were Robert Stripling, Richard Nixon, J. Parnell Thomas, Lela Rogers, mother of Ginger Rogers, Robert Taylor, Adolphe Menjou, Gary Cooper.
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