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Actors during McCarthyism

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Actors (l. to r.) Danny Kaye, June Havoc and Humphrey Bogart (standing) and Bogart’s wife actress Lauren Bacall (sitting) listens intently to House Un-American Activities Committee Hearings on the presence of communists in the film industry. October 1947. Martha Holmes for LIFE.

Although Bogart organized another group (Committee for the First Amendment) to counter HUAC’s harassment of Hollywood screenwriters and actors, he tried to distance himself from Hollywood blacklist, writing “The ten men cited for contempt by the House Un-American Activities Committee were not defended by us.” in Photoplay.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

May 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

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