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Hollywood DividedThe 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist$
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Kevin Brianton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168920

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.001.0001

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The House Un-American Activities Committee Arrives in Hollywood

The House Un-American Activities Committee Arrives in Hollywood

(p.11) 1 The House Un-American Activities Committee Arrives in Hollywood
Hollywood Divided

Kevin Brianton

University Press of Kentucky

The opening chapter deals with the political background of the loyalty oaths in Hollywood. The focus then shifts to the internal politics of the Screen Directors Guild and its initial response to the HUAC investigations. The SDG board protested against the initial HUAC investigation in 1947, leading to a great deal of political tension between conservatives and liberals. This initiated Sam Wood and Cecil B. DeMille’s coup against liberal directors in 1947 to take control of the Guild, which was cemented by the conservatives gaining control of the board in the following elections.

Keywords:   Hollywood, blacklist, HUAC, Sam Wood, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, Joseph Mankiewicz

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