The anti-Communist hysteria that began in the 1930s became a political cause celebre in 1938 when the House of Representatives established the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Soon thereafter, the creation of the blacklist in the late 1940s brought the Hollywood film and television community into the fold. Provocatively capturing the controversy and sentiments surrounding this period of political imbalance, Actors on Red Alert explores the repercussions of the blacklist through career interviews with five prominent actors and actresses.
...the five actors-Phil Brown, Rose Hobart, Marsha Hunt, Marc Lawrence, and Doris Nolan-form interesting case studies helped along through Slide's gentle prompting, utilising the blacklisting and graylisting as the bond holding each of the lives together...both vivid and invaluable...a valuable resource to students and enthusiasts alike...What is clear from Slide's patient and intelligent questioning is the vibrancy of the memories of five unequivocally different actors... Historical Journal Of Film, Radio, & Television Although the subject's been covered before, here is the personal record on how the blacklist, a result of the inquiry of The House On UnAmerican Activities Committee, personally hurt the careers and psyche of these people. Rapport Captures the controversy and sentiments surrounding the period of political blacklisting through career interviews with five prominent actors and actresses - Phil Brown, Rose Hobart, Marsha Hunt, Marc Lawrence, and Doris Nolan. Their very different stories help to underline the impact of the blacklisting process. Communication Booknotes Quarterly