Utilizing all the available literature on the blacklist era, Frankel offers a comprehensive account, which is supported by investigative documents and transcripts released by the National Archives and Records Administration concerning the HUAC
sessions, as well as previously unreleased interviews with Carl Foreman and other key individuals involved in the making of High Noon.
With the HUAC
reaching deeper and deeper into American freedoms of expression and political association, he applied similar terminology to the domestic setting:
The return of HUAC
may seem farfetched, but Russia critic Masha Gessen warns in her November 10 New York Review of Books article, "Autocracy: Rules for Survival," that the first rule of living in an autocracy is to believe the autocrat.
"But," he wrote in his memoir, "Russia was the only country of Marxism, and I didn't think I could abandon Stalin without surrendering my life raft." Later, when Stewart got a subpoena from HUAC
, rather than respond to it he moved to "imperialist" Britain.
At first HUAC
members had focused their investigations on New Deal initiatives, but they turned their gazes towards the LC and its staff.
Not all of the trial plays analyzed in the book are concerned with trials in a strictly legal sense; some also deal with judicial hearings such as the infamous congressional investigations conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC
) during the McCarthy era.
But the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC
) accused Robinson of being a Communist, and he was blacklisted by the film industry.
Most of the HUAC
crusaders considered themselves non-Catholic, church-going men, but this is outside Reforming Hollywood's scope.
Beginning with his 1915 birth into a wealthy Jewish family in New York, it proceeds chronologically through his early struggles; his initial successes with All My Sons and Death of a Salesman; his four marriages and two divorces; his problems with the McCarthy investigations and the HUAC
; and his numerous, but less recognized, books and plays.
The seven-year battle with the HUAC
from which he emerged unscathed confirmed the value of his innocence.
Targeted by newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan as a possible Communist sympathizer, Dee (along with her husband) was eventually summoned before HUAC
, and Dee was in due course blacklisted.
The latter section includes issues such as Jewish refugees, racial equality, and the creation and later reauthorization of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC