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The Blacklist: A Tarnish on Hollywood’s Golden Age

Date(s) - Sunday, February 10th
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

When the Red Menace became a threat, media zealous politicians saw it as an opportunity to take down prominent members of Hollywood suspected of having Communist affiliations. Just as the Golden Age of Hollywood was at its peak, many of the stars that remain household names today – Dalton Trumbo, Jack Warner, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Eliza Kazan, Otto Preminger and Kirk Douglas, to name a few – were suspected of being Communists.

They were called to testify at the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) but refused, creating a Blacklist not only for actors but screenwriters and directors as well. In 1947, ten members of the film industry publicly denounced these tactics and received jail sentences in return.

Find out how this period became a tarnish on the Golden Age of Hollywood with David Fantle, co-author of Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interview with Golden Age Legends. Fantle will discuss the imprisonment of the Hollywood Ten and other stars affected by the Hollywood Blacklist including Gene Kelly, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson.

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

Walk-ins Welcome
Program is FREE with the Cost of Admission | Members FREE

David Fantle and Tom Johnson authored Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interview with Golden Age Legends. The book features a selection of 75 interviews from celebrities like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds and so many more.

David Fantle has been interviewing, writing and speaking about Hollywood’s Golden Age stars for 40 years. His work has appeared in media outlets throughout the world. He is co-author of two book compendiums of Golden Age celebrity interviews, Reel to Real (2004) and Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends (2018).  He is an adjunct professor in film and pop culture at Marquette University and a regular “Beyond the Podium” speaker for Celebrity Cruise Lines.

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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