Actors React to the House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing, 1947

Actors React to the House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing, 1947

Taken by famous photographer Martha Holmes, the following photo shows Danny Kaye, June Havoc, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall reacting to a hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

The committee was created to investigate the communist ties of American citizens.  In 1947 it held 9 days worth of hearings to investigate the ties Hollywood had with communism and whether they were producing communist propaganda.  As a result, numerous artists were blacklisted by the movie industry.  Bogart took part in a movement against the committee, protesting its limitation of free speech.

Interesting fact: The committee was created in 1938, but was only abolished in 1975.

Interesting fact, part II:  Holmes is better known for her iconic photographs of Jackson Pollack.

Source [Life Magazine]

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