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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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Mankiewicz and the Making of the Myth

Mankiewicz and the Making of the Myth

(p.83) 5 Mankiewicz and the Making of the Myth
Hollywood Divided

Kevin Brianton

University Press of Kentucky

From the 1960s through the 1980s Joseph L. Mankiewicz participated in several interviews and documentaries to provide evidence to bolster his own version of events, which helped rebuild his reputation, darken DeMille’s, and celebrate Ford’s. The story about DeMille mocking Jewish directors through the way he portrayed their accents is a fabrication that appears to be based on the actions of Senator Gerald Nye in 1940 at an America First isolationist rally. The book explores how an unrelated incident became part of the narrative for the SDG meeting.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, Hollywood, HUAC, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, Joseph Mankiewicz, Communism, loyalty oath, blacklisting, FBI

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