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Was 'it's A Wonderful Life' Really Communist Propaganda? Fbi Investigated Classic Christmas Film

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2528752/Was-Its-Wonderful-Life-really-communist-propaganda-FBI-investigated-classic-Christmas-film.html

'It's a Wonderful Life' is a Christmas classic - adored by families and praised by critics as one of the best American movies ever made.

But in 1946, when the movie came out, the FBI labelled it as subversive - a vessel for communist propaganda.

During the Red Scare after World War II, FBI informants claimed the film's portrayal of wealthy banker Mr Potter as a greedy villain was a sure sign of communist influence.

Recently-published FBI documents also reveal that investigators had their eye on 'It's a Wonderful Life' and screenwriters Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, a husband and wife duo who were accused of associating with known communists.

Clearly the FBI knew nothing about what bankers are really like!

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It was a Frank Capra film so most likely it was inspired by those kind of currents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Capra

Biographer Joseph McBride argues that Capra's disillusionment was more related to the negative effect that the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) had on the film industry in general. The HUAC interrogations in the early 1950s ended many Hollywood careers. Capra himself was not called to testify, although he was a prime target of the committee due to his past associations with many Hollywood blacklisted screenwriters.[2]

Great film though and Donna Reed was the most gorgeous woman.

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Surely if it were communist inspired the state would have siezed the ownership of all their properties then rented them back.

They don't show that part in communist movies. Only all the happy little communists who aren't in unmarked mass graves, or the gulag.

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The political right in America had suspected Hollywood of being a hotbed of leftie-ism ever since the release of Mission to Moscow (which portrayed Stalin as a warm-hearted, grandfatherly chap and the purge trials as a reluctantly agreed to necessary evil to rid the USSR of Nazi agents) in 1943. This paranoia reached its apex with HUAC and the so-called Hollywood Ten in the late '40s. Some of the most unintentionally entertaining films made during this period are the viruently Fox News-ish, anti-communist pieces made by actors, directors, writers and technicians who feared that they were at risk of being blacklisted, and wanted to demonstrate their patriotic credentials. I Was a Communist for the FBI, I Married a Communist and Big Jim McLain (in which John Wayne plays a commie-hunting FBI agent) are all hilarious must-sees that occasionally appear on Channel Four daytime slots.

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The political right in America had suspected Hollywood of being a hotbed of leftie-ism ever since the release of Mission to Moscow (which portrayed Stalin as a warm-hearted, grandfatherly chap and the purge trials as a reluctantly agreed to necessary evil to rid the USSR of Nazi agents) in 1943. This paranoia reached its apex with HUAC and the so-called Hollywood Ten in the late '40s. Some of the most unintentionally entertaining films made during this period are the viruently Fox News-ish, anti-communist pieces made by actors, directors, writers and technicians who feared that they were at risk of being blacklisted, and wanted to demonstrate their patriotic credentials. I Was a Communist for the FBI, I Married a Communist and Big Jim McLain (in which John Wayne plays a commie-hunting FBI agent) are all hilarious must-sees that occasionally appear on Channel Four daytime slots.

Woody Allen did a rather good film on this subject! I believe it was called "The Front Man"! II do not have this one!

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The political right in America had suspected Hollywood of being a hotbed of leftie-ism ever since the release of Mission to Moscow (which portrayed Stalin as a warm-hearted, grandfatherly chap and the purge trials as a reluctantly agreed to necessary evil to rid the USSR of Nazi agents) in 1943. This paranoia reached its apex with HUAC and the so-called Hollywood Ten in the late '40s. Some of the most unintentionally entertaining films made during this period are the viruently Fox News-ish, anti-communist pieces made by actors, directors, writers and technicians who feared that they were at risk of being blacklisted, and wanted to demonstrate their patriotic credentials. I Was a Communist for the FBI, I Married a Communist and Big Jim McLain (in which John Wayne plays a commie-hunting FBI agent) are all hilarious must-sees that occasionally appear on Channel Four daytime slots.

I quite like the allegorical stuff that was being put out in the 60s e.g.

For many viewers, the theme of paranoia infusing The Invaders often appeared to reflect Cold War fears of Communist infiltration that had lingered from the McCarthy period a decade earlier. Series creator Larry Cohen has acknowledged that this was intended, along with a political theme for the series as a whole. In audio commentary for the episode "The Innocent," included in the first-season DVD collection, Cohen said his experience of the blacklisting of Hollywood screenwriters for alleged Communist connections inspired him to make "a mockery" of the fear of insidious infiltration of society, by substituting space aliens for Communists.

Cohen also acknowledged he was not the first to turn Cold War fears into science-fiction drama. As noted above, such fears had influenced such films as Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Cohen also stated in his commentary that the political intent inherent in some of his creations, including The Invaders, was not always appreciated or shared by producers and actors.

It might be worth remembering that there actually were people spying for the Soviets in the US (and elsewhere) as well as communist apologists attempting to exercise cultural influence in the 40s and 50s. Where McCarthy and Co crossed the line IMPO is failing to make much of a distinction between people committing crimes (e.g. Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs) and people not breaking any laws and merely exercising their right to express dissent (the Hollywood Ten).

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It might be worth remembering that there actually were people spying for the Soviets in the US (and elsewhere) as well as communist apologists attempting to exercise cultural influence in the 40s and 50s. Where McCarthy and Co crossed the line IMPO is failing to make much of a distinction between people committing crimes (e.g. Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs) and people not breaking any laws and merely exercising their right to express dissent (the Hollywood Ten).

Absolutely, and one thing the anti-death penalty movement failed - and still fails - to acknowledge about the Rosenbergs, in their determination to elevate them to martyr status, is that the assessment of the judge who sentenced them has been shown by declassified and leaked evidence since to be entirely correct: without the scientific data they passed to the USSR, the Russians would not have had nuclear weapons for another 5-10 years, and the Korean War probably wouldn't have happened.

The problem HUAC caused was essentially the same one as the dodgy dossier: a governmental act of crying wolf that engendered distrust, and an inclination to face up to actual problems of a similar nature, thereafter.

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Since it's Christmas lets have some Mash to go with our turkey and sprouts: It's A Horrible Life

GORDON Brown sat on the railing of the old iron bridge that takes people in and out of the small town of Bedford Falls and stared at the freezing water.

The savings and loan was in a bit of a pickle

Everything was messed up. Some people were saying it was all his fault. Maybe it was. Maybe it would be better if he just jumped into that deep, dark river and let it swallow him whole. He sighed and shook his head, wondering if he really had the courage.

Suddenly, he felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned to see the smiling face of a kindly old man. The stranger held out his hand. "Hello Gordon, I'm Clarence," he said.

"Looks like you're fixing to do something drastic," said Clarence. "Well, let's just take a minute. Tell me Gordon, have you ever wondered what the world would be like if you had never existed? No? Well let's have a look, shall we?"

In the blink of an eye Gordon found himself transported to the middle of Main Street. Amid the glowing lights the good people of Bedford Falls were enjoying their last minute Christmas shopping. A cheerful song and the smell of roasted chestnuts filled the air. Everyone wished each other 'happy holidays!' as the shopkeepers stood in their doorways, beaming with delight and looking forward to another prosperous year.

"Nothing like having a man in charge who knows not to spend money you don't have on things you don't need and to save something for a rainy day," said Mr Malley, the baker.

"Last thing this town needs is a man who gives jobs and big, fat pensions to all and sundry at our expense just so as they'll vote for him," replied Mr Logan, the butcher.

Gordon spun around, taking it all in. His drab little town seemed so alive. With the giddy excitement of a child on Christmas morning he raced along the pavement, running so fast he almost tumbled over. "Hello Woolworths!" he shouted. "Hello MFI! Hello Whittards!"

But just as as he reached the local branch of Northern Rock, everything turned dark. He looked back along Main Street to see the shops boarded up, and for sale signs in every window. Mr Logan, a cleaver in each hand, was desperately fighting off some local youths. A burning mattress was the only source of light and somewhere in the darkness, someone screamed.

In an instant Gordon was back at the old bridge. Clarence appeared at his shoulder. "I'm afraid that's how life really is Gordon. And yes, it is all your fault, you total arsehole. Anyway, I just wanted you to see all that before I pushed you in."

And with that Clarence grabbed Gordon by the heels and tipped him into the dark, freezing river.

They found his hat three days later.

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