Chapter

Red Scare Rising

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0010
Red Scare Rising

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Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman was a “premature pro-feminist” film written under John Howard Lawson's own name before the clampdown of the “blacklist.” It is a remarkable story that focuses on a subject Lawson knew well—the intersection of substance abuse and show business—which was a recurrent real-life theme of Red Hollywood. The film was far from being a runaway hit, though it received respectful consideration. Counter-Attack was produced as the war was expiring and was in tune with the then prevailing ethos. The “threat” from the Hollywood Independent Citizens Council of Arts, Sciences and Professions (HICCASP) had become so powerful that U.S. Army intelligence, headquartered in downtown L.A., began to monitor the group's activities. Robeson thought that it was Lawson's activism with the Screen Writers Guild (SWG), the League of American Writers (LAW), and the Hollywood Democratic Committee (HDC)—not simply his screenplays—that had led to the anticommunist persecutions.

Keywords: John Howard Lawson; Smash-Up; blacklist; Red Hollywood; HICCASP; Screen Writers Guild; League of American Writers; Hollywood Democratic Committee

Chapter.  7807 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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