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Hollywood on Trial (1976)

The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's, when actors, writers and directors were persecuted and investigated by the House... See full summary »

Director:

David Helpern (as David Helpern Jr.)

Writer:

Arnie Reisman
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Himself - Interviewee
Alvah Bessie Alvah Bessie ... Himself - Interviewee
Lester Cole Lester Cole ... Himself - Interviewee
Howard Da Silva ... Himself - Interviewee
Edward Dmytryk ... Himself - Interviewee
Millard Lampell Millard Lampell ... Himself - Interviewee
Ring Lardner Jr. Ring Lardner Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee
Albert Maltz Albert Maltz ... Himself - Interviewee
Ben Margolis Ben Margolis ... Himself - Interviewee
Zero Mostel ... Himself - Interviewee
Otto Preminger ... Himself - Interviewee
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Interviewee
Martin Ritt ... Himself - Interviewee
Gale Sondergaard ... Herself - Interviewee
Leo Townsend Leo Townsend ... Himself - Interviewee
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Storyline

The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's, when actors, writers and directors were persecuted and investigated by the House of Un-American Activities Committee after being considered suspects of committing Anti-American acts by preaching the Communism in their films and television shows. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood przed sadem See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically as this film was released in 1976, just two years prior, Howard Da Silva, one of the interviewees was to portray Nikita Khrushchev in the TV teleplay "Missiles of October". See more »

Connections

Features I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Which Side Are You On?
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by Florence Reece
Played at various times throughout the picture
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6 November 2017 | by zaniac-67268See all my reviews

The overreaching House of Representatives shown in this documentary is currently being replayed after the last presidential election where Donald Trump won the election. With current congress members shouting "Russia, Russia, Russia", "Resist, Resist, Resist" and "Impeach, Impeach, Impeach" the House is once again bullying and attempting to defy the results of a lawful and legal election by assertions that the communists subverted our election. The end of the current situation has not yet been written but the similarities are clearly seen.


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