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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 Screen Directors Guild Meeting

The Screen Directors Guild Meeting

(p.43) 3 The Screen Directors Guild Meeting
Hollywood Divided

Kevin Brianton

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 3 looks at the SDG meeting in detail, using sources such as the meeting transcript to provide a thorough account. DeMille capitulated from the beginning and accepted that Mankiewicz was victorious. Early in the meeting, he seconded motions for the recall ballots to be destroyed. No debate existed between DeMille’s supporters and others, as DeMille simply had no support. The meeting was essentially a sustained attack on DeMille for his actions in recalling Mankiewicz. George Stevens’s attack on DeMille created a demand that DeMille be removed from office. With demands for DeMille’s resignation at their height, John Ford defended DeMille, and his speech stopped the drive to have DeMille resign. Even with Ford’s intervention, the meeting continued to demand the board’s removal. Ford initially defended the board then reluctantly admitted that events had spun out of control and it had to go.

Keywords:   HUAC, Communism, Hollywood, loyalty oaths, McCarthyism, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, Joseph Mankiewicz, blacklist, George Stevens

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