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Quiet Americans: The CIA and Hollywood in the Early Cold War

Simon Willmetts

in In Secrecy's Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748692996
eISBN:
9781474421935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The CIA was established in 1947, but it did not appear in a Hollywood film until Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959. Why? This chapter explains Hollywood’s long silence on American foreign ... 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 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


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 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 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


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


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


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


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.


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


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