Skip to comments.Hollywood Celebrates Another Stalinist
Posted on 01/06/2015 6:44:51 AM PST by Kaslin
Hollywood relishes making anti-American movies, but, maybe even more, loves to lavish fulsome tributes on full-blown Communists, you know, those fellows who swooned at Joe Stalins feet, teamed up with Hitler as he bombed the hell out of London in World War II and worked overtime to inflict deadly harm on America.
Tinseltown is at it again, celebrating Dalton Trumbo, a major Hollywood Ten figure and longtime Communist enthusiast, in a brand new picture directed by Jay Roach and featuring Bryan Cranston, the star of the hit television series, Breaking Bad. The publicity for Trumbo says that Dalton bravely took a stand against the Communist-witch-hunt at the height of the Cold War and was punished for his principled stand for free speech and the Constitution. (Yes, we all know how Communists have always been deeply committed to Americas constitutional freedoms.) Anti-Communists like John Wayne and labor leader Roy Brewer will also be taking major hits.
The new Trumbo movie will almost certainly treat the revered screenwriter in much the same way Christopher Trumbo, Daltons son, treated his dad in his 2007 documentary, also called Trumbo. In other words, like a glorified patriot, who could not openly work in the film industry because of the inquisition conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
Typical of Hollywoods take on Christophers film was an article by the Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan, who portrays Dalton as a contrarian who believed passionately in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And when HUAC began to investigate his connections to the Communist party, his life showed the fearsome cost of standing up for your principles...
Ah, and what glorious principles they were! Trumbo, in truth, was a full-fledged Stalinist who had the distinction of siding with three of the most barbarous dictators in the 20th century: Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and North Koreas Kim-Il Sung. Nor did he just have connections to the Communist party. He was a full-blooded Red, party card and all, who worked hard to graft the Soviet system, with all its lovely qualities, upon his country of birth.
For much of his adult life, Dalton was in Stalins hip pocket (as, of course, was every member of the Communist party in the United States). Ive read a lot of Trumbo and combed through his papers at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. Yet Ive never found a paragraph, or even a phrase, where he ever publicly or privately condemns Stalins Soviet Union in a meaningful way, certainly not when the Caligula in the Kremlin was dispatching his own citizens by the millions, egging Hitler on as he invaded the Western democracies, cheering Goerings air force as it rained death and destruction on London and eagerly devouring Eastern Europe in the post World War II era. Not a peep of protest or regret from a man whom Hollywood longs to lionize.
The evidence of Trumbos Red activities is hardly secret. He came clean, sort of, to his biographer, Bruce Cook, a writer of the upcoming Trumbo screenplay. He told Cook in the 1970s that he joined the party in 1943, that some of his very best friends were Communists and that I might as well have been a Communist 10 years earlier. . . He also says about joining the party: But Ive never regretted it. As a matter of fact, its possible to say I would have regretted not having done it. . . Indeed, in his private papers he admits that he reaffiliated with the party in 1954, apparently his passion for a Communist America burning brightly as ever.
Like so many of his comrades, he became a Hitler apologist after Stalin joined Hitler in that 1939 pact. In order to poison the well against Hitlers enemies, he demonized the Fuehrers foes. England was no democracy, he argued in his 1941 novel, The Remarkable Andrew, because it had a king. FDR was guilty of treason and black treason for his pro-England policy. No drop of American blood should be risked or spilled for the selfish and deceitful British. Yet when Hitler betrayed his wonderful Stalin in June of 1941, launching a massive invasion of Russia, ah, finally, Trumbo discovered a compelling reason to fling thousands of young Americans to their deaths on foreign battlefields.
When North Korea waged war against South Korea in 1950, where did Dalton stand? In an unpublished movie script dedicated to several Hollywood Ten figures, he has the heroine declare that North Koreas invasion was perfectly justifiable, for this is Koreas fight for independence, just as we had to fight for our own independence in 1776.
When the Hollywood Communists put on their horror show before HUAC in 1947, screaming at committee members and refusing to respond to legitimate questions, the studio executives laid down a rule: Those who refused to say whether they were party members and conspiring with our enemies in Moscow could no longer work in Hollywood. Trumbo stood with his fellow conspirators and Stalin.
Why--and here I am truly puzzled--does mainstream Hollywood continue to glamorize such hard-core Stalinists?
Because Hollywood is riddled with hard-core Stalinists.
I don’t know about the Stalin movie but I loved Breaking Bad.
Here’s a wonderful book about these creeps.
As I type this and look up just above my computer display and about a foot behind it is my 2015 calendar with "the Duke" on every page.
When it comes to communism, you can never be to anti-communist!
It cannot be said you are manipulating someone when you encourage them to do what they fervently want to do anyways.
Dalton Trumbo wasn’t a hero. He hated his country and wanted to see a totalitarian ideology imposed upon it. He worked for the enemy.
In today’s Hollywood, none of that matters. If you were a Communist, all is forgotten and apparently forgiven. This is the man Hollywood regards as some sort of freedom-crusading activist. In real life he was the exact opposite of one.
In making a movie whitewashing Trumbo’s life and his ardent belief in one of the most murderous ideologies of the 20th Century, that says far more about Hollywood and its values than it does about the Communist Trumbo it wants to clutch now to its bosom.
I’ve never quite understood Hollywood’s genuflection with communists, since if they take over, the arts and intellectual crowd will be the first to go to the prison camps or executed.....................
Defending membership in the Communist Party (then or now) is akin to defending membership in a neonazi organization.
The media refuses to concede this. Sees nothing wrong with the ideology and in fact attacks the critics of Communism as “witchhunters” persecuting non-Communists with the false charge of Communism. Except they are Communists in allegiance to a foreign power and the squawking hens knew it and know it and cannot rationally defend it.
They don't think so. They all believe that in the New Order, they will become Commissars, telling the rest of us what to do.
Our enemies were not executed or carted off to concentration camps. All that happened to them is they were forbidden from working in Hollywood for a few short years.
Theirs was a unjustly deserved rehabilitation. America is a far more decent country than the people who hated it to its core would ever be and only in America is being a persecuted Communist considered to be a badge of honor.
Let’s keep it in mind before we turn Trumbo and his Soviet fellow travelers into saints.
I was required to read ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ in Freshman English my first year in college. Trumbo was a hero to all the Leftist professors in the 60’s. I was completely unaware of politics at 18. I suspect most colleges have become exponentially worse in Leftist indoctrination since then.
The boycott established by Red Channels and other independent publications was circumvented by friendly allies in the studio system who permitted the blacklisted names to work under pseudonyms, lest the public get wise to the scam.
Today these same fools defend Islam.
The face of the enemy may change but the Left’s love affair with totalitarianism remains as strong as ever.
So its more than of passing historical interest.
Battling Hitler wasn’t cool with Hollywood, until Hitler attacked Saint Stalin.
There exists a blacklist in Hollywood today (and elsewhere in the corporate world) against conservatives and the hysterics we hear from the Left about the TEA Party show their claims of a Communist witchhunt to be partisan at best and deception at worst.
That’s what Trumbo did in fact. Being blacklisted was a trifling inconvenience.
Hollywood studios didn’t want to lose Germany as a foreign market for films (until we entered the war).
I have yet to encounter accounts of actors who were unfairly accused of having Communist sympathies.
The defenders of Lucille Ball admit that she was a card carrying member of the Communist Party but that she’d joined merely to please her Communist grandfather.
How would that fly if someone joined the KKK (as an adult, not merely dressed up by parents) for the same reasons?
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