HUAC

A Snapshot of Kate Hepburn

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)                    In 1937 Kate Hepburn purchased her Turtle Bay, Manhattan townhouse for $33,000, (it would be worth four and a half million dollars by the time of her death in 2003), and moved in with Howard Hughes at Muirfield Mansion in Los Angeles. Hughes usually slept in his study so Kate was allocated his former wife’s master bedroom. It was not [...]

Heroes & Villains – the HUAC blacklistings 1947-58.

November 8, 2016 // 6 Comments

  When 79 individuals were subpoenaed in September 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and charged with subversive actions and/or injecting Communist propaganda into their movies, the repercussions career-wise for many of them were long and destructive. The charges were never substantiated, but their accusers were not concerned with the legality of the accusations. [...]

Actors’ real life war records.

December 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Caine in Korea (standing second from left) Here are a few more stories about actors who participated in one or more of the conflicts of the 20th century. I will add a second segment in a couple of day’s time. Sir Michael Caine was called up for national service in the Royal Fusiliers in the British Army when he was 18. For years he hated the smell of garlic because it reminded [...]

Reds under the bed – Hollywood and the HUAC.

December 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

  John Huston directed and Sterling Hayden starred in The Asphalt Jungle in 1950. At the time both were members of The Committee for the First Amendment, a group formed in September 1947 to support the Hollywood Ten and to oppose those who wished to blacklist actors, writers etc. who were suspected of having Communist sympathies. Already Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles and Paul Robeson had [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Richard Schickel’s biography of director Elia Kazan tells how Marlon Brando was tricked into accepting the role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront (1954). Kazan had actor Karl Malden direct a scene featuring a young unknown from the Actors Studio speaking Malloy’s lines, knowing full well that Brando’s competitive spirit (and his pride) would see him intervene. And he did. The [...]

Ronald Reagan – FBI spy in Hollywood?

March 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

  One of the funnier exchanges that takes place in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future occurs when Dr Emmett Brown questions Marty’s statement that he is from the future: ‘Then tell me, future boy’, he says. ‘Who’s President of the United States in 1985?’ ‘Ronald Reagan’, Marty replies. ‘Ronald Reagan? The actor? Then who’s vice-president? Jerry Lewis? One can [...]

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – An over-sexed genius.

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

For many of Charlie Chaplin’s peers his seemingly effortless grace, style and timing were a wonder, but a source of much frustration. ‘The son of a bitch is a ballet dancer’, wailed comedian W. C. Fields after watching The Great Dictator (1940). ‘He’s the best ballet dancer that ever lived and if I get a good chance, I’ll strangle him with my bare hands’. Chaplin’s comedic gifts [...]