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Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist Hardcover – October, 1997

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Tender Comrades contains a series of in-depth interviews with people who suffered during the hysteria of the red scare in Hollywood. The McCarthy era has been studied for years, and although we may know the basic stories of how careers were ruined by accusations and innuendo, hearing the stories from the participants themselves is very moving. Interviewees range from people whose careers eventually rebounded, such as Martin Ritt, Walter Bernstein, and Ring Lardner Jr., to people who never again worked as writers or actors.

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The 50th anniversary of the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings, which resulted in the infamous Hollywood blacklist, is the occasion for this landmark collection of interviews with more than 30 of the blacklisted filmmakers. While HUAC's activities are well known and documented, only recently have many victims of the blacklist stepped forward, most notably Walter Bernstein with his Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist (LJ 9/15/96). The sheer bulk of this book gives a sense of the enormous damage to the lives and careers of those blacklisted and the impact on filmmaking caused by losing this magnitude of talent. The interviews, expertly conducted by McGilligan (biographer of Fritz Lang and George Cukor) and Buhle (historian of the political Left), vividly reveal those who for so long have lurked in the shadows, silenced by their adversaries or, more often, allowed to perform, write, and direct under an alias. Formerly unacknowledged film credits are listed for each filmmaker. Highly recommended for academic libraries.?Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 776 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312170467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312170462
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In another richly detailed exploration of people and politics, Patrick McGilligan and his colleagues have restored the voices of people whose speech was silenced by the real un-Americans. But this is no crying game. The blacklistees profiled in "Tender Comrades" have gone beyond victimization to assert themselves on the front lines of social change, from goodwill ambassadors and local politics to historians and oracles. The questions are as well-informed as the answers, and the editing is crisp and knowledgeable. Not only a solid research tome, this makes for great reading, like a dinner party you wish you could have been invited to without your name being named.
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I grew up midwestern 1950's, in a hotbed of Mc Carthyism. Needless to mention, my ingrained image of who and what was a communist was somewhat different from the thoroughly humanized portraits that emerge in the pages of the book. Not that the interviews with individual victims of the blacklist result in glamorized or enviable cameos. They don't. Instead, we get a glimpse of what life was like for people of strong conviction who defied the fashion of their day even when it cost them dearly. The fact that most were communists was enough to demonize them in the eyes of so many of us, who, when it comes right down to it, were victims ourselves.

To those who have been assailed by America's peculiarly virulent strain of anti-communism, please read the book. It won't make a communist of you, but it will give you second thoughts about a political culture that regularly demonizes its opposition, whoever that may be. The interviews reveal not only an America that was, but in many ways an America that still is. The individual stories themselves are fascinating. The names are ones you may have seen briefly on a late night movie credit crawl. Here they come alive in their own words, names and faces that were on the screen one day, then gone the next. Not celebrities, but the kind of people who made movies memorable because they brought more than varying degrees of talent to their work, they brought social commitment.

I hope the authors soon bring us a similar volume on non-Hollywood victims of the purges, of which, I gather, there were thousands. Folks without marquee names, but with their own stories to tell about how the world was made safe for democracy.
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That was the question during the "red scare" in Hollywood. Ironically, the government knew all the names of everyone involved in the Communist Party. What they wanted from Hollywood directors, actors, and writers was humble submission...give us names, pledge allegiance to the flag, abandon your liberal stances. As explained in this book...the issue was never whether the individual was to the right or to the left. It was always an issue of morality and honor. Many very impressive actors and directors bowed to political pressure. This book is the oral history of those...who did not. For example, Allen Boretz was offered a half million dollars for a popular script that could be turned into a film...but the deal included one extra condition - he had to confess his associations with others in the communist party, an organization he left years before. He explained that even if he was offered 900 million dollars for the script, he would not betray confidences. How many of us possess that kind of courage?

It's a good idea to read this book in conjunction with "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" by Neal Gabler.

Fundamentally, this is an essential story of the movie industry, and by extension, America. Interviews with very intelligent persons (mostly scriptwriters - some directors...some actors/actresses) cover several topics: The individual's life in Hollywood, what attracted them to film business, their contributions to the art of filmmaking, their private thoughts about other actors and films, the reason they were attracted to liberal and sometimes communist party positions, and their lives after the blacklist. Obviously, there is some very interesting Hollywood "gossip" that might fascinate film buffs.
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By Steek on September 14, 2015
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Fascinating history of a dark period.
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This is as great a collection of oral histories as I have ever read...and I have read too many mediocre ones....Paul Buhle in particular has some kind of knack for bringing out the most interesting aspects of incredibly intense and interesting people, who have a lot to hide, but haven't....No better way to understand this dark nasty piece of modern history....
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