Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Blacklist is Born

From the New York Times, June 27, 1941:

My father, who belonged to Actors Equity and was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild, in August 1940 was named as a Communist Party member in "closed" grand jury testimony that was leaked to the LA Times the next day.

From the New York Times, February 3, 1942:

In May 1953, in the middle of the roadshow run of "Pal Joey" (in which he was the Equity rep) Dad was called to testify before the Dies Committee in New York.


Jenny Gardiner said...

wow. amazing, isn't it? And to know some of those forces are still at work in our country is so damned frightening. The more things change the more they stay the same

Bella Stander said...

Exactly. As someone said: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.