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Hollywood on Trial (1976)

Not Rated | | Documentary | November 1976 (USA)
The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's, when actors, writers and directors were persecuted and investigated by the House... See full summary »

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David Helpern (as David Helpern Jr.)

Writer:

Arnie Reisman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Himself - Interviewee
Alvah Bessie Alvah Bessie ... Himself - Interviewee
Lester Cole Lester Cole ... Himself - Interviewee
Howard Da Silva ... Himself - Interviewee
Edward Dmytryk ... Himself - Interviewee
Millard Lampell Millard Lampell ... Himself - Interviewee
Ring Lardner Jr. Ring Lardner Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee
Albert Maltz Albert Maltz ... Himself - Interviewee
Ben Margolis Ben Margolis ... Himself - Interviewee
Zero Mostel ... Himself - Interviewee
Otto Preminger ... Himself - Interviewee
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Interviewee
Martin Ritt ... Himself - Interviewee
Gale Sondergaard ... Herself - Interviewee
Leo Townsend Leo Townsend ... Himself - Interviewee
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The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's, when actors, writers and directors were persecuted and investigated by the House of Un-American Activities Committee after being considered suspects of committing Anti-American acts by preaching the Communism in their films and television shows. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood przed sadem See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film some documentary footage of Harlan County is shown. Ironically, this film lost the 1976 Best Documentary Oscar to Barbara Kopple's Harlan County U.S.A. (1976). See more »

Connections

References The Iron Curtain (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Working All the Live-Long Day
(uncredited)
Sung by the prisoners on the chain gang
Clip from I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
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Dated
12 November 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

This is a tough film to rate. In 1976 it would rate an 8 because it was revealing a topic that was being hidden. In 2017 you won't find much new here nor will it seem so strange.

The bottom line, of course, is that the film industry is not exempt from political influence, as if anyone needed to know that today. But even in the 40s and 50s, the film industry had already gone through the political editing for sexual content, and certainly the war films of the 40s were in response to political initiatives.

This film is well worth watching, but it will seem tame now.


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