The enemy within

Tony Shaw

in Hollywood's Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625239
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670918 | DOI:
The enemy within

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This chapter demonstrates that America in the 1940s and 1950s was marked by idealism and creativity as much as fear and risk, motives that mingled in an unprecedented expansion of governmental activity and private initiative and which began to blur the lines between state and civil society. Hollywood was addressed as one of the ‘enemies within’ by counter-subversives in the United States during the early Cold War years. Louis de Rochement was considered as the father of the American docudrama. He emerged as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's favourite independent producer during the Cold War's first decade. Walk East on Beacon encourages ‘alert and responsible’ Americans to play an active part in the struggle against communism by acting as citizen warriors. As the Cold War progressed, the style of Hollywood's coverage of the communist threat might have differed from the hard-hitting movies presented, but the substance stayed essentially the same.

Keywords: communism; America; Hollywood; Cold War; Louis de Rochement; American docudrama; Walk East on Beacon; Federal Bureau of Investigation

Chapter.  13113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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