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Richard Collins dies at 98; onetime blacklisted screenwriter
Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | Elaine Woo

Posted on 02/15/2013 10:17:46 AM PST by EveningStar

Richard Collins, a screenwriter during the McCarthy era who was blacklisted for several years before he cooperated with the Communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee, died Thursday in Ventura.

The onetime Communist Party member was 98 and the last of the group of left-leaning writers and directors known as the Hollywood 19, 10 of whom went to prison for refusing to name names before the committee.

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TOPICS: History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blacklist; bonanza; hollywood; matlock; obituary; richardcollins
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1 posted on 02/15/2013 10:17:58 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 02/15/2013 10:19:06 AM PST by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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yeah, that’s a shame that a commie dedicated to an ideology that desired the destruction of our country.........rip...whatever.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 10:20:52 AM PST by raygunfan
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To: EveningStar

Last of the 19, but definitely not the last.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 10:23:53 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: EveningStar

He lived to see one of his fellow travelers reach the presidency. Must have died happy.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 10:24:11 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: EveningStar

At least the LA Times acknowledges that he was a communist. That is a huge step forward for liberals.

The issue of the day back then was the “horrible” question asked by HUAC: “Are you now, or were you ever, a member of the communist party?” Legitimate responses were “Yes,” “No,” and to plead the fifth amendment. Simple perjury was hardly an option as the FBI had infiltrated the communist party and knew the answer before the question was asked. Liberals have made heroes of those who refused to answer the question.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 10:25:52 AM PST by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006)
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To: EveningStar

Senator Joe McCarthy remains a hero of mine, having been old enough to recall the hearings well. Being branded a McCarthyite is an honor. It’s likewise with being called a gun nut, racist, homophobe or intolerant. The left uses those terms of derision against Christian Conservatives who want to restore traditional American values that made our country truly great.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 10:30:28 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: EveningStar
He also wrote the treatment for "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," the 1956 science-fiction movie about a town whose residents are replaced by emotionless alien clones. It was widely interpreted as a parable about the McCarthy era.

Yes, indeed. The artichoke people bent on taking over the human race might be likened to the Communists, and the protagonist trying to sound the alarm was played by an actor named McCarthy--Kevin McCarthy.

8 posted on 02/15/2013 10:31:13 AM PST by Rufii
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To: EveningStar

The comments on the LAT story indicate that communism and communist sympathizers are alive and well in Los Angeles.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 10:31:37 AM PST by MeganC (Liberals fool people by walking upright.)
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To: re_nortex

McCarthy never investigated Hollywood.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 10:32:52 AM PST by Rufii
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To: EveningStar

The article is interesting. He had been a party member, and then left as he was disillusioned with the kind of Stalinist mind-control members were subjected to.

He first refused to name communists because he thought it unseemly (which got him blacklisted) but then later named them. He said he thought it silly to take the 5th, which implied he was a communist, when in fact he had left the party.

In Hollywood of the day, either way you were cooked. If you refused to name names, your friends blacklisted you. If you named them, you were a traitor.

Since communists killed something like a hundred million people it makes sense that there should be a price to pay for supporting such monsters. And it stands to reason that people who support mass murder aren’t going to be nice to people who turn on them.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 10:34:26 AM PST by marron
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To: EveningStar

Now he’s a good communist.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 10:35:32 AM PST by Trod Upon (The Second Amendment acknowledges our inherent right to revolt if tyrannized.)
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To: Rufii

I don’t ever recall “Invasion” being seen as anything other than a parable about the COMMUNIST ERA. The loss of individuality against one’s will, the group mindset of those replaced, etc.

Only now are they rewriting Hollyweird’s own history to say it was really about McCarthy?


13 posted on 02/15/2013 10:36:21 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: EveningStar

fester in peace, commie.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 10:40:48 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Guns should not be illegal; they should be undocumented.)
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To: EveningStar

McCarthy served in the Senate. He was not involved directly with HUAC; that was the House


15 posted on 02/15/2013 10:48:06 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: EveningStar

The propaganda and brain wash has been so great that few people I know.. even know what a “COMMUNIST” (( IS ))..

Even communists have been documented to have murdered multi-millions of people in various countrys in the last century.. mostly by their fellow citizens.. AND made billions more miserable..

Most have no idea that communists are socialists and that socialism is driven by democracy.. Democracy is the political disease that causes socialism.. and that communism, socialism and democracy are a lie, a boondoggle..

Democracy is a nasty word.. a heinous concept..
NO democracy has even been or ever will be democratic..
Democracy is a HOLY word to the brain washed.. an idol..
Democracy is “the UNICORN” to the Utopians.. i.e. democrats..


**Note; the US Constitution does not mention democracy.. or any form of that word.. ON PURPOSE.. The founders knew the word and steered away from it as shoals to be shipwrecked on..

Americas problem NOW is the Republic being INFECTED with the concept of democracy.. Yes; DISEASED.. contaminated with.. sickened.. America MUST BE CURED of democracy..

Democracy is a lie, a scam.. bait and switch.. a boondoggle..
AN elite ALWAYS runs any political system no matter the name it is called..
Democracy is a mask for something very nasty.. THEFT on a MASSIVE scale..


16 posted on 02/15/2013 10:48:39 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: EveningStar

Lots of people who have worked in the film business have had periods of unemployment. The work is sporadic. It sounds better to say that you were “blacklisted” rather than unemployed. I take all of those “blacklisted in Hollywood” stories with a grain of salt.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 10:52:55 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Rufii

I was hoping somebody would chime in with that little truth nugget on McCarthy. Simpleton writers use the Senator’s name as a pejorative for something they either don’t know the first thing about or choose to obfuscate. Thanks for putting that comment in the thread!


18 posted on 02/15/2013 10:53:52 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
I don’t ever recall “Invasion” being seen as anything other than a parable about the COMMUNIST ERA. The loss of individuality against one’s will, the group mindset of those replaced, etc.

Only now are they rewriting Hollyweird’s own history to say it was really about McCarthy?

Just as the lefties are now interpreting George Orwell's classic anti-Communist novels Animal Farm and 1984 as actually being about corporate capitalism.

19 posted on 02/15/2013 10:58:08 AM PST by Rufii
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To: Rufii

Ding ding ding! Joseph McCarthy was a SENATOR. It would have been hard for him to conduct the HUAC (HOUSE Unamerican Activities Committee) hearings. He chaired the Army-McCarthty investigations, which were limited to the Armed Forces.


20 posted on 02/15/2013 10:59:02 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Rufii
McCarthy never investigated Hollywood.

That's correct. My comment was a jumping off point to reference to the entire era when commies were being ferreted out from all of their spider holes, the military, government and Hollyweird. Because of Senator McCarthy's fearless attack on America's enemies, that timespan of the 1950s bears his name. The term McCarthyism, of course, has become a pejorative when used by leftists but is high praise indeed for those of us who love our country.

I'll add that one f the last "good" Democrats was Martin Dies, Jr. of Texas whose "Dies Committee" ultimately became the HUAC. He also opposed the New Deal of the evil Franklin Diablo [sic] Roosevelt. Dies' district, the Texas 2nd, is now represented by a good Christian Conservative and a fine gentlemen (in every sense of that word), Ted Poe, shown appropriately to the RIGHT of Dies, below:


21 posted on 02/15/2013 11:26:05 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: EveningStar
Over the decades, Hollywood has made hardly any anticommunist movies. A count of anti-Nazi movies would probably be in the hundreds. I think Hollywood has made more movies opposed to “McCarthyism” than movies opposed to communism.

So I consider it noteworthy that there is a new series on TV about communist spies in the US. It is on the FX channel, a channel that I'd never heard of before. The series is called “The Americans,” and is shown on Wednesday nights. I saw the pilot and the next episode and it is really good.

Two communist agents are assigned to come to America, marry, start a family, and spy. It is interesting that their children are truly American. The son sees an American astronaut as a hero. The parents gently try to discourage this.

These two agents are treated somewhat sympathetically. However, their bad actions are on complete display. They kill, kidnap, have sex to get gain trust, etc. The wife is played by Keri Russell. She formerly starred in the popular series “Felicity.”

22 posted on 02/15/2013 12:08:54 PM PST by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006)
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To: ChessExpert

My wife and I have been watching “The Americans” and we like it.


23 posted on 02/15/2013 1:09:52 PM PST by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

“onetime balcklisted”, in other words, onetime worshipper of murderer of millions Stalin, is such a badge of honor!


24 posted on 02/15/2013 1:13:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar
I can't speak with much credibility about Joe McCarthy but if his basic message was “everyone in the government is a Commie” then I'd have to say he was wrong.If his message was “there are more than a few Commies hidden in the government bureaucracy,and elsewhere” I'd say he was spot on.Ted Hall and Henry Wallace are two that come quickly to mind.
25 posted on 02/15/2013 1:20:27 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: Rufii
"McCarthy never investigated Hollywood."

And someone correct me if I'm wrong, but Congress didn't "blacklist" anyone in Hollywood, either. They didn't have that kind of power.

The "blacklist" was Hollywood's doing.

Studio heads didn't want open Commies making/writing movies, so THEY "blacklisted" writers and actors that would make the studios look like sympathizers.

26 posted on 02/15/2013 1:51:34 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: ChessExpert
over the years, this bunch got sanctified and made into some kind of heros...like they didn't support communism and the take down of our country....

about 20yrs ago, some of the original black listed people were on a talk radio show....and they described how horribly they were treated....but they did actually admit that they were communists and wanted to destroy our country and our democracy....

a turd is a turd...

27 posted on 02/15/2013 2:26:44 PM PST by cherry
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To: Gay State Conservative
The first message was put into this mouth by liberals/communists to discredit him.

At this point, a liberal would make a comment line “Oh. So you think every liberal is a commie.” No, I do not.

However, their are more than a few points of intersection. I've taken a few samples from CPUSA.org. When Kerry ran against Bush, they gave 10 reasons to vote against Bush. When Obama ran against McCain, they were ecstatic that their man might become President. (He did).

I knew a Chicago Democrat from an earlier generation. I witnessed him smile with his lips and and eyes as he mentioned “Uncle Joe” (Stalin). It was a transcendent moment for him, as though he were extremely devout and was contemplating Jesus Christ. No commie, just a Democrat.

I could go on, and on, and on with examples.

28 posted on 02/15/2013 2:45:51 PM PST by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006)
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To: EveningStar

Prayers for a misguided soul.


29 posted on 02/15/2013 7:05:59 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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