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Actor Gary Cooper being questioned by the  Congressional


On October 20, 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicked into high gear
in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating
Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most
glamorous communities: Hollywood.

After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the
world’s two superpowers—the United States and the communist-
Soviet Union. In Washington, conservative watchdogs
worked to out communists in government before setting their
sights on alleged “Reds” in the famously liberal movie industry.

In its investigation, the House Un-American Activities Committee
grilled a number of prominent witnesses, asking bluntly “Are you
or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” Some
witnesses—including director Elia Kazan, actors Gary Cooper and
Robert Taylor and studio honchos Walt Disney and Jack Warner—
gave the committee names of colleagues they suspected of being

A small group known as the “Hollywood Ten” (below) resisted,
complaining that the hearings were illegal and violated their
First Amendment
rights. They were all convicted of obstructing
the investigation and served jail terms.


Red Scare-Hollywood Ten Protest


Hollywood celebrities arrived in Washington in Oct. of 1947 to protest the scare tactics of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are pictured in the front center of the group.
A group of Hollywood stars pose against the Capitol dome as they arrived
in Washington, D.C. for a session of the committee.


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