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Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley works to fill in some of the historical gaps with Hollywood Party. The information on the role of Communist (and Communist- sympathetic) screenwriters is not particularly revelatory to those familiar with the basic outlines of the story, although Billingsley pushes the Communist angle hard, noting the Party's lockstep support of Stalin and what might charitably be called his "policies," as well as the vicious backlash against any leftist who spoke out against the Communists. His chronicle of Communist efforts to control the studio workers' unions, however, illuminates a less glamorous but perhaps more substantial aspect of the story. Those in search of celebrity dirt will be mildly disappointed; there are several star-studded scenes, but mostly mild anecdotes on the level of Ronald Reagan's gradual realization that, as an SAG activist, he was being played for a dupe by the Reds. Unless, that is, Billingsley is writing about a Communist or a fellow traveler, in which case no personal quirk, from screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's penchant for working in his bathtub to Bertolt Brecht's lack of hygiene to left-wing journalist Ella Winter's mannishly short hair, is overlooked. -- Ron Hogan
The left controls the schools, the colleges, the news and the arts today in the US. So, if you believe the rubbish and lies from the left that Congress began a witch hunt to find... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Galt
This is a book of answers, if you wanted to know why Hollywood has become 'Commiewood'. It is sad that the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities has gone out of fashion and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William G. Fisher
The research done by Mr. Billingsley is astounding. Anyone wanting to live free in America and understand how Hollywood was shaped and taken over by a sadly horrific ideology MUST... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Weatherhead
What an eye-opener of a book! Earlier 5 star reviewers have said what needs to be said about this book so I'll only support their praise. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joseph Somsel
Finally we have a true and objective history of the 1930-1950 Hollywood period. Mr. Billingsley tells the truth when keeping within his subject. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James R. Morrella
"Hollywood Party" is a well done introduction - but only an introduction - into the reality of Communism in the movies. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by john thames
Like all good conspiracy theories emerging from the U.S. (JFK being the most notorious), Billingsley's account of communist conspiracy in Hollywood has just enough facts to offer... Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by C. robe
This book is outstanding,the author tells the story of the union - studio wars of the late 1940's and the Communist Party's role in the conflict. Read morePublished on February 10, 2005 by James J. Varela
We all think we know it, because we've seen the newsreels, we've heard the interviews with the "Unfriendly 10" and read the ghastly legacy of what we assumed was the only... Read morePublished on December 30, 2003 by Kelly L. Norman