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The Marxist and the Movies: A Biography of Paul Jarrico

by Larry Ceplair

As part of its effort to expose Communist infiltration in the United States and eliminate Communist influence on movies, from 1947–1953 the House Committee on Un-American Activities subpoenaed hundreds of movie industry employees suspected of membership in the Communist Party.

Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten

by Bernard F. Dick

On October 30, 1947, the House Committee on Un-American Activities concluded the first round of hearings on the allege Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry.

Rare Birds: An American Family

by Dan Bessie

What does a writer do when he’s got a family that includes a blacklisted member of the Hollywood Ten, the brains behind Tony the Tiger and the Marlboro Man, a trio of gay puppeteers, the world’s leading birdwatcher, sixties hippies, a Dutch stowaway who served in an all-black regiment during the American Civil War, a mother of unusual compassion and understanding, and a convicted murderer?

What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career

by Joseph McBride

At the age of twenty-five, Orson Welles (1915–1985) directed, co-wrote, and starred in Citizen Kane, widely regarded as the greatest film ever made.

Alvah Bessie's Spanish Civil War Notebooks

by Alvah Bessie

From an American perspective, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade is arguably the most famous group of soldiers to fight in the Spanish Civil War.