About The Hollywood Blacklist

Books About the Blacklist and Movies

Vaughn, Robert. Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting. Limelight Editions. 1996. First published in 1972. One of the earliest primary-sourced documents about the blacklist (and certainly worked on as the blacklist period was coming to an end, possibly why some of his interview subjects were skittish), focusing on the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Vaughn, who passed away in 2016, rose to fame as the star of a popular 1960s television series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and had a steady career almost until his death. At the time of making U.N.C.L.E., Vaughn was attending classes at Southern California University. He ultimately received his PhD in 1970. Previous to his television stardom, he had won an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in The Young Philadelphians (he lost to Hugh Griffith of Ben-Hur, an obvious part of the Ben-Hur sweep for 1959 films). He also played the role of Lee in The Magnificent Seven. His dissertation, later published as Only Victims (a phrase taken from a quote by writer Dalton Trumbo) preceded every other book about the blacklist and was used as a source for most of the books that were published in the 1970s and 1980s. Vaughn was also generous with his research, lending tapes and interview transcripts to other writers. His dissertation contains full transcripts of the statements of the Hollywood Ten, which HUAC did not want to hear as well as transcripts from several of the hearings. His bibliography is impressively thorough. I must admit that Vaughn was an early inspiration for the character of Bill Royce, who in a tribute to Vaughn, played some of his parts. But I admit that Bill is taller. One thing I did was to make sure that Lee’s character in The Magnificent Seven got an extra scene. Vaughn deserved that, and so did Lee.

Acevedo-Muñoz, Ernesto R. West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece. University Press of Kansas, 2013.

Bacall, Lauren. By Myself and Then Some. By Myself originally published 1978 by Caprigo, Inc. And Then Some published 2005 by Harper Entertainment, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Barr, Tony. Acting for the Camera. HarperPerrenial, 1997.

Bawden, James and Miller, Ron. Conversations With Classic Film Stars. University Press of Kentucky, 2017.

Basinger, Jeanine. The Star Machine. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

Basinger, Jeanine. A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960. Wesleyan University Press, 1993.

Bennett, Eric. Thirty Years of Treason: Excerpts From Hearings Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Thunder’s Mouth Press/Nation Books, 1971.

Bona, Damien and Wiley, Mason. Inside Oscar: Tenth Anniversary Edition. Ballantine Books, 1996.

Brodie, Fawn M. Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character. W.W. Norton and Company, 1981.

Brown, Gene. Movie Time: A Chronology of Hollywood and the Movie Industry From Its Beginnings to the Present. MacMillan, 1995.

Buhle, Paul land Wagner, Dave. Radical Hollywood. The New Press, 2002.

Caine, Michael. Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making. Applause, 1990. (Also the DVD!)

Casper, Drew. Postwar Hollywood: 1946-1962. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

Ceplair, Larry and Englund, Steven. The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960. University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Clarke, Gerald. Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. Dell Publishing, 2000.

Clarke, Thurston. Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America. Penguin Books, 2011.

Clurman, Harold. The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre & the 30’s. Da Capo Press, 1945.

Cook, Bruce. Dalton Trumbo. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1977.

Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963. Back Bay Books, 2003.

Eliot, Marc. Jimmy Stewart: A Biography. Harmony Books, 2006.

Feeney, Mark. Nixon at the Movies. The University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Fones-Wolf, Elizabeth A. Selling Free Enterprise: The Business Assault on Labor and Liberalism: 1945-1960. University of Illinois, 1994.

Frankel, Glenn. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. Bloomsbury, 2017.

Freedland, Michael. Gregory Peck. William Morrow and Company. 1980.

Fried, Richard M. Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective. Oxford University Press, 1990.

Friedman, Lester D. and Pomerance, Murray, Series Editors. Screen Decades. Rutgers University Press.

Gabler, Neal. Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Goodwin, Betty. Chasen’s: Where Hollywood Dined. Angel City Press, 1996.

Goodwin, Betty. Hollywood du Jour: Lost Recipes of Legendary Hollywood Haunts. Angel City Press, 1993. (I made Chasen’s Chili for a dinner party; it took hours – it was sublime! And would I make up a thing like grapefruit cake?)

Gussow, Mel. Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking: A Biography of Darryl F. Zanuck. Doubleday & Company, 1971.

Harrington, Michael. The Other America: Poverty in the United States. Scribner, 1981.

Hofstadter, Richard. The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. Vintage Books, 1989.

Hofstadter, Richard. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Vintage Books, 1964. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction.

Israel, Lee. Kilgallen: A Biography of Dorothy Kilgallen. Delacorte Press, 1979.

Jackson, Kathy Merlock, Ed. Walt Disney: Conversations. University Press of Mississipipi, 2006. (Includes Disney’s corrected testimony before HUAC.)

Jarnow, Jesse. Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, The Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America. Da Capo, 2018.

Kanfer, Stefan. A Journal of the Plague Years: A Devastating Chronicle of the Era of the Blacklist. Atheneum, 1973. (Flames shoot out of this book.)

Lev, Peter. The Fifties: Transforming the Screen 1950-1959. University of California Press, 2009.

Levy, Leonard W. Origins of the Bill of Rights. Yale University Press, 1999.

Levy, Leonard W. Origins of the Fifth Amendment: The Right Against Self-Incrimination. Ivan R. Dee, 1968. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Lewis, Anthony. Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment. Basic Books, 2007.

Madsen, Axel. William Wyler. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1973.

Mann, William J. How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. (A note inside: “Stupid book, but helpful.”)

Mann, William J. Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. Picador, 2006.

McGilligan, Patrick. Backstory 2: Interviews With Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. University of California Press, 1991.

McGilligan, Patrick and Buhle, Paul. Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Mills, C. Wright. The Power Elite. Oxford University Press, 1956.

Navasky, Victor S. Naming Names. Hill and Wang, 1980/1991. (Winner of the National Book Award.)

Oshinsky, David M. A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy. Free Press, 1983.

Patterson, James T. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974. Oxford University Press, 1996.

Phillips-Fein, Kim. Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal. W.W. Norton, 2009.

Pietrusza, David. 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies. Diversion Books, 2008.

Radosh, Ronald and Radosh, Allis. Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance With the Left. Encounter Books, 2006.

Reynolds, Debbie. Debbie: My Life. William Morrow and Company, 1988.

Ross, Steven J. Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Salamoff, Paul J. Movie Sets 101: The Definitive Survivor’s Guide. Tavin Press, 2005.

Sanders, Coyne Steven and Gilbert, Tom. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Harper Entertainment, 2001.

Sayre, Nora. Running Time: Films of the Cold War. The Dial Press, 1978 and 1979.

Schatz, Thomas. The Genius of the System: Filmmaking in the Studio Era. University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Schwartz, Nancy Lynn. The Hollywood Writers’ Wars. Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. (Nancy Lynn Schwartz died of a brain tumor in 1978; her mother, Sheila Schwartz, completed her daughter’s work.)

Stabile, Carol A. The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist. Goldsmiths Press, 2018. “Explores the birth of American television in the context of Cold War anti-communism. ..what television might have been, given the work, resilience, and resistance of progressive women and people of color who worked in front of, and behind, the small screen.” – Patrice Petro, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Stevens, George, Jr, Ed. Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the American Film Institute. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Thomson, David. The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2012.

Turner, William Bennett. Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains. Poli Point Press, 2011.

Walker, Alexander. Audrey: Her Real Story. St. Martin’s Griffin, 1994.

Wasson, Sam. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman. HarperCollin, 2010. (The title itself indicates its stupidity.)

White, Theodore H. The Making of the President 1960. Harper Perennial Political Classics, 2009. Originally published by Atheneum Press in 1961. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Winkler, Martin M. Spartacus: Film and History. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

Zollo, Paul. Hollywood Remembered: An Oral History of Its Golden Age. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2002.