Hollywood on Trial

Hollywood on Trial

John Huston
Director: David Helpern Cast: John Huston
John Huston
, Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk
, Albert Maltz
Albert Maltz
David Helpern


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Combining familiar newsreel footage with freshly shot material, David Helpern's Hollywood on Trial is a documentary concerning the "communist witch-hunt" era. In the years following World War II, several ambitious Washington politicos were anxious to dissipate the last traces of Roosevelt's New Deal, and in so doing labelled virtually everything hinting of liberalism as communistic. These cynical crusaders couldn't make the headlines if they merely concentrated on such "radicals" as college professors and pamphleteers, so they targeted the most public industry of all: Motion Pictures. That's why the House UnAmerican Activities Committee conducted one-sided "investigations" of the Hollywood Left, and that's why so many actors, writers and directors found themselves on the Blacklist that no producer would ever admit existed. Most of Hollywood on Trial concerns itself with the misadventures of the "Hollywood Ten," a group of writers and directors who refused to answer the committee's questions and wound up in jail as a result. John Huston, himself briefly under scrutiny from the HUAC for being "unfriendly," narrates this surprisingly objective, multi-viewpointed film.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2018
UPC: 0896137001078
Original Release: 1976
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 42,027

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Huston Narrator
Edward Dmytryk Himself
Albert Maltz Himself
Ring Lardner Himself
Lester Cole Himself
Dalton Trumbo Himself
John Howard Lawson Himself
Joseph McCarthy Himself
Ronald Reagan Himself
Alvah Bessie Himself
Adolphe Menjou Himself
Gary Cooper Actor
Robert Taylor Actor
Louis B. Mayer Actor
Jack Warner Participant
Walter Bernstein Interviewee
Howard Da Silva Participant
Will Geer Participant
Millard Lampell Participant
Zero Mostel Participant
Otto Preminger Participant
Martin Ritt Interviewee
Dore Schary Participant
Gale Sondergaard Participant
Leo Townsend Participant

Technical Credits
David Helpern Director
Barry Abrams Cinematographer
Frank Galvin Associate Producer,Editor
James C. Gutman Producer
Arnie Reisman Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hollywood on Trial
1. Order In The Court [7:09]
2. After a Decade Of Promise [7:12]
3. Patriotic Hollywood [4:27]
4. J. Parnell Thomas [6:20]
5. 19 New Witnesses [7:53]
6. "That Request Is Denied" [9:32]
7. The Waldorf Meeting [7:23]
8. Dalton Trumbo [7:13]
9. A New Round Of Hearings [8:00]
10. Edward Dmytryk [6:46]
11. McCarthy [6:38]
12. Ronald Reagan [4:32]
13. Fronting [7:32]
14. Emergence [9:45]
15. End Credits [1:24]

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