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The Final Victim of the BlacklistJohn Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243729.001.0001

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Red Scare Rising

Red Scare Rising

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(p.166) 10 Red Scare Rising
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The Final Victim of the Blacklist
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Gerald Horne

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0010

Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman was a “premature pro-feminist” film written under John Howard Lawson's own name before the clampdown of the “blacklist.” It is a remarkable story that focuses on a subject Lawson knew well—the intersection of substance abuse and show business—which was a recurrent real-life theme of Red Hollywood. The film was far from being a runaway hit, though it received respectful consideration. Counter-Attack was produced as the war was expiring and was in tune with the then prevailing ethos. The “threat” from the Hollywood Independent Citizens Council of Arts, Sciences and Professions (HICCASP) had become so powerful that U.S. Army intelligence, headquartered in downtown L.A., began to monitor the group's activities. Robeson thought that it was Lawson's activism with the Screen Writers Guild (SWG), the League of American Writers (LAW), and the Hollywood Democratic Committee (HDC)—not simply his screenplays—that had led to the anticommunist persecutions.

Keywords:   John Howard Lawson, Smash-Up, blacklist, Red Hollywood, HICCASP, Screen Writers Guild, League of American Writers, Hollywood Democratic Committee

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