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Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist

Kevin Brianton


The Screen Directors Guild (SDG) meeting of October 22, 1950, was convened to discuss the recall (dismissal) of the director Joseph L. Mankiewicz as Guild president by a conservative group headed by Cecil B. DeMille. The recall was an attempt by this group to stamp out a series of member protests about introducing a mandatory anti-Communist loyalty oath through an open and signed ballot. The loyalty oath was partly designed to introduce a union-sanctioned blacklist at the Guild. These issues divided the allegiances of the Guild and its board and were related to the political tensions extending ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, Red Scare, HUAC, blacklist, John Ford, Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Mankiewicz, Communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813168920
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Brianton, author
LaTrobe University