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Hollywood on Trial (1976)

Not Rated | | Documentary | November 1976 (USA)
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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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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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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

Despite being over 30 years since the McCarthy era, the production team nevertheless still found a lot of people reluctant to talk on camera about such a difficult time in history. See more »

Connections

References Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Working All the Live-Long Day
(uncredited)
Sung by the prisoners on the chain gang
Clip from I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
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Good Documentary
13 November 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hollywood on Trial (1976)

*** (out of 4)

In 1975 The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was basically closed and it ended a very dark period for both the government and Hollywood. The following year Hollywood would somewhat fight back or show their side with the release of this documentary as well as the Woody Allen film THE FRONT.

Of the two, there's no question that THE FRONT is the better of the two but this documentary serves an important purpose because it does feature some terrific footage from the actual trials as well as some current interviews that are rather priceless and especially since so many of those people are no longer with us. We get interviews from the likes of Edward Dmytryk, Otto Preminger, Martin Ritt, Ronald Reagan and various others.

John Huston serves as the narrator and he's got a terrific voice so listening to him is a major plus. For the most part Hollywood ON TRIAL is a film that will appeal to history and film buffs but at the same time there have been better documents out there. This one here is a bit too dry for its own good but one must remember that it was the first to tackle the subject.


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