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Communists, Propaganda, and Paranoia

Certain types or genres of stories flourished in the United States during the late 1940s and 1950s. In these typically propagandistic narratives, heroic but generally outmatched heroes of democracy battle sinister forces both from within (a "fifth column") and without. Public suspicions of a so-called "international Communist conspiracy" were growing. As the United States became involved in the Korean War, Hollywood released a number of films that both exploited the widespread fear of Communism and sought to defuse any suspicions that the film industry itself was harboring Communist sympathizers. (During the 1940s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation went so far as to investigate films for possible communist propaganda content.) For example, Gordon Douglas's film I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) and Edward Ludwig's Big Jim McClain (1952) both feature agents seeking to foil dastardly Soviet plots on American soil. Other films...

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