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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 »

Director:

David Helpern (as David Helpern Jr.)

Writer:

Arnie Reisman
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Bernstein ... Self - Interviewee
Alvah Bessie Alvah Bessie ... Self - Interviewee
Lester Cole Lester Cole ... Self - Interviewee
Howard Da Silva ... Self - Interviewee
Edward Dmytryk ... Self - Interviewee
Millard Lampell Millard Lampell ... Self - Interviewee
Ring Lardner Jr. Ring Lardner Jr. ... Self - Interviewee
Albert Maltz Albert Maltz ... Self - Interviewee
Ben Margolis Ben Margolis ... Self - Interviewee
Zero Mostel ... Self - Interviewee
Otto Preminger ... Self - Interviewee
Ronald Reagan ... Self - Interviewee
Martin Ritt ... Self - Interviewee
Gale Sondergaard ... Self - Interviewee
Leo Townsend Leo Townsend ... Self - 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

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Not Rated
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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

Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Which Side Are You On?
(uncredited)
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Lyrics by Florence Reece
Played at various times throughout the picture
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Hollywood Ten Heroes? More like zeros
10 November 2017 | by ntvnyr30See all my reviews

I saw this on TCM and it was introduced by Ben Mankiewicz who called this the "darkest period" in American history. The House Un-American Activities Committee investigated Hollywood for communist influences and the result was the infamous "Hollywood Ten". The Hollywood Ten were communist sympathizers--some were former sympathizers, others still believed in the cause. They were correctly blacklisted for years. These were not innocent men who were being crucified for mere political beliefs. Communism is antithetical to the American way of life. So these Hollywood Ten slimeballs believed in an idea to subvert the American way of life, then tried to hide behind the Constitution. That sounds pretty hypocritical to me. They were not and never will be heroes, despite how Hollywood tries to make them out to be saintly victims.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood przed sądem 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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