Cinema: The Name Droppers

The House Un-American Activities Committee's 1951-52 hearings on Reds in Hollywood had trouble finding evidence of Communist propagandizing by film, but they did whip up a well-publicized froth of big & little Hollywood names. Last week the names made news again:

¶ The professional anti-Red magazine Alert (West Coast counterpart of Counterattack) published, a handy list of 522 Hollywood and Los Angeles "cited Reds," drawn, it said, from the committee hearings, and thoughtfully tacked on the names of their accusers.

¶ Twenty-two of the names (including Actor Howard da Silva, Actress Anne Revere, and three of the moviemakers who were...

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