Skip to comments.FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files
Posted on 12/28/2012 11:29:36 AM PST by smoothsailing
The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer of the Communist Party—was instituted on November 25, 1947. In the 1950s a Red Channels (Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television) pamphlet was published, which listed Arthur Miller as a communist. So when Miller started dating Marilyn Monroe in 1955, The Man started keeping an eye on her as well... and now an unredacted classified file has been released by the FBI, showing how the agency tracked her ties to the Reds.
The AP has been using the Freedom of Information Act to get the FBI to release files, which they claimed had been lost. The files have now been "found," and reissued without the redactions that previously existed (which basically blacked everything out—as you can see here).
With the black bars lifted, the files now reveal more details, as well as names of the actress's inner circle who were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was known for his leftist views, the year of her death.
"A trip to Mexico earlier that year to shop for furniture brought her in contact with Field, who was living in the country with his wife in self-imposed exile. Informants reported to the FBI that a 'mutual infatuation' had developed between Field and Monroe, which caused concern among some in her inner circle, including her therapist. 'This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe's entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico),' the file states."The files also show an early tip that the agency documented—on July 11th, 1956 they had received word about an anonymous phone call that was made to the NY Daily News, warning of the Miller/Monroe marriage and how the actress had "drifted into the communist orbit"—specifically, that Marilyn Monroe Productions was "filled with communists" and that money from the company was being used to finance communist activities. In Marilyn In Manhattan (which you can watch on Hulu), much of the focus is on her escape from Hollywood and starting this production company (which she ran with photographer Milton Greene).
In total, the files track Monroe for seven years, from 1955 through just before her death in 1962. The FBI's role in Monroe's life, and death, has been questioned in the past, including by the man who performed Monroe's autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi. In his 1983 memoir he wrote that no one will ever know all the details of Monroe's death, noting that "until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death."
In the end, the FBI never seemed to find proof Monroe was a member in the party—in July of 1962 the file states that the "subject's views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles."
Looks like Marilyn Monroe was just as much of a lefty dingbat as the vast majority of the modern day Hollywood crowd.
A high-profile celebrity, like Marilyn Monroe, could play the role of a stalking horse, drawing attention away from the truly dangerous political operatives in Hollywood.
So JFK was sleeping with both Communists and Nazis? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The elite will be the elite.
It’s getting close to a new WW conflagration.
1956-57. All (probably) written on a Smith-Corona Typewriter and duplicated w/ carbon-copy paper. I remember those days.
‘Zat you, Buckhead ?
If Marilyn wanted me to be a communist, I’d be a communist.
“More borscht, my little potato?”
Okay, I admit. Marilyn could have turned me into a Red. At least for a week or so.... : )
Dr. Thomas Noguchi’s investigation into the death of Natalie Wood brought his downfall. The elites wanted nothing of it and got him removed from office.
—— News Flash——
Hey people did you know there is several Communist in the white house including the communist president..Barack Obama
No. I did a search for that name, and I’ve got 9yrs on him. Quite a storied FReeper...
I remember the RatherGate incident when it hit the news.
My belief is that Marilyn was used by people much smarter than she.
I do not believe she was smart enough to be a real Communist,after all she got pimped out to Kennedy either by Sinatra or Peter Lawford.
She wasn’t alone either Angie Dickerson also put out for the cause.
Do the files tell which Kennedy brother crammed the pills down her throat while she was drunk?
Buckhead is a verifiable American HERO
Whatever became of re-opening that cold case awhile back?
I thought the same when I read post #7.
He was a wackjob. He fantasized being a ME when a plane crashed and he could do all the autopsies.
Those were pretty awesome times! Buckhead was a hero!
There's a whole more than several. Dig deeper, wake up.
How ya' doin', Buckhead?
Any good cases now?
Yes, he is. Despite the age difference, it’s amazing how similar our computer, typeface and machinery backgrounds are.
While Angie could have made me a pinko, only Marilyn could make me a full blown comrade. (I have my standards, ya know)
She should have stuck with Joe, he was the best thing that ever happened to her.
A lot of names from that time I’m not familiar with, but am doing some reading-up on them, now:
Must have been a truly fascinating time, here...
She looked better later in life, probably started taking care of herself.
I think MM smoked, but not sure.
Pretty pungent smell, as I remember refilling the reservoir. LOL. Any spill was a deadly permanent stain.
That’s a button on Miller’s tux. But she does have a belly there.
I have to confess .. I LOVED that smell.
And I agree.
You’re so right. And you’ve been around since the beginning, here, to see it all. I admire your time here, at FR.
Lucille Ball was also a CP member in New York before she secured stardom. She later said that she joined the CPUSA because her grandfather insisted that she do so. Desi, Sr., though was not a leftist, as I understand it.
A tiny spill in an office or school today, would trigger a Police & HAZMAT response. It kinda reminds me of Hoppe’s Cleaning Fluid. (Just cleaning the Barrett triggered an olfactory stroll down memory lane...)
I did too! Every kid I knew did.
Only the weird kids didn’t, and they were the ones who ate the paste! LOL!
We had several different colors of dupe sheets for our elementary school newspaper so we could do special editions. Purple was standard, but we also had magenta and turquoise.
until y'discover girls.
All I remember is purple. I didn’t know there were other colors!
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