Class Struggle in Hollywood, 1930-1950: Moguls, Mobsters, Stars, Reds, and Trade Unionists

Class Struggle in Hollywood, 1930-1950: Moguls, Mobsters, Stars, Reds, and Trade Unionists

Gerald Horne


As international battle II wound down in 1945 and the chilly warfare heated up, the expert trades that made up the convention of Studio Unions (CSU) all started a tumultuous strike on the significant Hollywood studios. This turmoil escalated extra whilst the studios retaliated through locking out CSU in 1946. This exertions unrest unleashed a fury of Red-baiting that allowed studio moguls to weigh down the union and grab keep an eye on of the creation procedure, with far-reaching consequences.

This engrossing e-book probes the explanations and activities of the entire avid gamers to bare the entire tale of the CSU strike and the ensuing lockout of 1946. Gerald Horne attracts commonly on fundamental fabrics and oral histories to rfile how constrained a "threat" the Communist celebration really posed in Hollywood, at the same time studio moguls effectively used the purple scare to undermine union clout, hinder movie stars from aiding hard work, and turn out the moguls' personal patriotism.

Horne additionally discloses that, not noted amid the turmoil, geared up crime entrenched itself in administration and exertions, gaining significant keep watch over over either the "product" and the gains of Hollywood. This examine demonstrates that the CSU strike and lockout have been a pivotal second in Hollywood background, with effects for every thing from construction values, to the categories of reports instructed in motion pictures, to everlasting shifts within the facilities of power.

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