Red Scare reaches Hollywood, Oct. 20, 1947
This week in 1947, the House Committee on un-American Activities took its hunt for Communist subversives to the movie business, whose subpoenaed producers, writers, and actors ranged from cooperative to outraged about the investigation.
“Jack L. Warner, Hollywood movie producer, told the house committee on un-American activities Monday that people with “un-American leanings” have infiltrated into the movie industry,” reported an Associated Press article published Oct. 20, 1947 in The Charleston Daily Mail of Charleston, W. Va.
“But he carefully declined to say under questioning from committee members that these people are communists and instead insisted on using the description ‘un-American.’
“And he said he does not believe anyone in Hollywood has advocated overthrow of the United States government by force or violence.”
Read more about Hollywood’s Red Scare
The Oct. 28, 1947, Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Wash., described pending charges for one man who refused to tell the committee whether he was a Communist. Movie Writer Faces Action for Contempt
In the wake of the hearings, a Dec. 6, 1947, editorial in the Lima News of Lima, Ohio, predicted blander films from a shaken industry. More Wraps on the Movies