In the late 1940s, as the country was moving to the right and there was pressure on Hollywood to do the same, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and John Huston all protested HUAC in ways that damaged their public personas and their ability to work in Hollywood. Hepburn’s outspokenness resulted in headlines branding her a "Red" and, allegedly, audiences stoning her films. Bogart and Huston were prominent members of the Committee For the First Amendment, a group of Hollywood stars who came to Washington to support the Hollywood Ten -- and lived to regret it. With their career futures uncertain, the trio collaborated on the most difficult film any of them would ever make, The African Queen.
Here is a list of published sources that the entire season draws from:
Dalton Trumbo: Blacklisted Hollywood Radical by Larry Ceplair and Christopher Trumbo
Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Ten by Edward Dmytryk
City of Nets by Otto Friedrich
Hollywood Radical, Or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist by Bernard Gordon
I Said Yes to Everything by Lee Grant
Naming Names by Victor S. Navasky
Sources specific to this episode:
West of Eden by Jean Stein
By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
Kate: The Woman who was Hepburn by William J. Mann
Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn
An Open Book by John Huston
John Huston: Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers
“As Bogart Sees it Now” Milwaukee Journal, December 3, 1947
“I’m No Communist” by Humphrey Bogart, Photoplay, May 1948
Special thanks to our special guest, Rian Johnson, who reprised his recurring role as John Huston.
This episode included excerpts from the following videos:
Episode 1 of Hollywood Fights Back:
Bogart on Episode 2 of Hollywood Fights Back:
Katharine Hepburn’s speech at the May 1947 Henry Wallace rally:
Humphrey Bogart’s Oscar acceptance speech:
This episode was edited by Henry Molofsky, and produced by Karina Longworth with the assistance of Lindsey D. Schoenholtz. Our logo was designed by Teddy Blanks.