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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Date(s) - Thursday, November 1st
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic


Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel as he tells the compelling story behind the classic American Western High Noon, and the toxic political climate in which it was created. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude.

Yet what has largely been forgotten is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. He faced a test of conscience: accuse others of subversion or be fired from his job. The blacklist was a test for our democracy as well—one with many echoes in our own perilous era.

The lecture will be followed immediately by a book sale and signing.

Walk-ins Welcome
Cost: Museum Members $6 | Non-Members $10
Doors Open at 6:30 pm | Free Parking

Glenn Frankel worked for many years for the Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in London, Southern Africa and Jerusalem, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the Palestinians. He went on to teach journalism at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he directed the School of Journalism. He has won the National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His newest book is High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (Bloomsbury, 2017), which the Washington Post called “a sumptuous history” and the Los Angeles Times has praised for its “grace and accuracy.”

Sponsored by the Steve Solochek Memorial Lecture Fund. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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