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DeMille as Anti-Communist Ogre

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 7 shows how Cecil B. DeMille’s reputation declined from a high-water mark of the late 1960s to being reviled as a director and individual from about 1985 due to the impact of the coverage of ... More


The Screen Directors Guild Meeting

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 ... More


Just Imagine

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

Led by the smash hit of Fox's Sunny Side Up, starring Janet Gaynor, original musicals fared well in the early sound era. Such originals as Marianne tended to be more cinematic than the stage ... More


The Aftermath

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The aftermath of the SDG meeting saw the introduction of the loyalty oath that had been sought by DeMille. Mankiewicz and the SDG board introduced the measure, and it was ratified by directors. The ... More


Mankiewicz and the Making of the Myth

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 ... More


The House Un-American Activities Committee Arrives in Hollywood

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 ... More


Putting a Presbyterian in Charge of Hollywood

William D. Romanowski

in Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195387841
eISBN:
9780199950188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387841.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins with Will H. Hays, an eminent Presbyterian layman and powerful leader in the national Republican Party, becoming the first president of the Motion Picture Producers and ... More


The Myth of the Screen Directors Guild Meeting

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The SDG meeting of October 22, 1950, is a famous event in Hollywood history for all the wrong reasons. It is legendary because Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, along with many ... More


The First Movie: Amos Is the Hero

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter explores the background and production history behind Cecil B. DeMille’s adaptation of Watkins’ play. Chicago was a story that Hollywood had wanted to film, and it particularly attracted ... More


The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the trend in historical filmmaking in the U.S during the period from 1938 to 1941. This period represents a return of the film industry to epic America. Some of the most notable ... More


The Origins of the Screen Directors Guild Meeting

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 2 examines the background to the loyalty oath dispute. Once in power, the conservatives moved to introduce the loyalty oath for all SDG members. It examines the successful introduction of the ... More


The 1940s: Growing Up

Tom Mankiewicz

in My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813136059
eISBN:
9780813141169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136059.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter revolves around Mankiewicz growing up in Los Angeles. He writes about the successes and failures of his family - mother's psychological problems, dad's infidelities, brother's resentment ... More


Ford’s Heroic Stand

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The central myth developed about the SDG meeting was that John Ford stood up to DeMille and stopped his drive to recall Mankiewicz and introduce the loyalty oath. However, Ford’s role before, during, ... More


Epilogue

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813134222
eISBN:
9780813135939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Upon Thomas Ince's death on November 19, 1924, the studio shut down only briefly, to ensure that employees would not suffer from being thrown out of work. However, by the end of November, eighty-five ... More


Reproducing <i>Carmen</i> in the United States: <i>Geraldine Farrar, the Met, and Beyond</i>

Michael Christoforidis

in Carmen and the Staging of Spain: Recasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780195384567
eISBN:
9780190883508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195384567.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Opera, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter 9 explains that Carmen proved an ideal vehicle for the new technologies of the twentieth century, embraced by the new recording artists whose prestige was borrowed from the operatic world. ... More


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

Kevin Brianton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 ... More


Metropolitan Women: Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley Silence Opera on Screen

Jennifer Fleeger

in Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199936892
eISBN:
9780199389971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Making their screen debuts little more than a decade apart, Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley, both singers with the Metropolitan Opera Company, reveal the degree to which changes in the cinematic ... More


1935

Anthony Slide

in "It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167086
eISBN:
9780231538220
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167086.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In these diary entries written between January and July 1935, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett talks about Win or Lose, a script that he was working with Louise Long but was pulled out ... More


Conclusion

Kevin Brianton

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813168920
eISBN:
9780813169002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168920.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Drawing together the strands present in the book, discussing how historians build on false ideas of previous ones, the conclusion calls for a more grounded approach to history.


All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths, the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamor of the big-city newspaper, the mad ... More


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