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For portraits of the émigré community in Hollywood, see Taylor; and Giovacchini. For further information on Pickford’s politics in the 1920s and 1930s, see Pickford Scrapbook, vol. X; and Whitfield. See photo of flyer in Carr 112. For pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic efforts in Los Angeles and throughout the nation, see Whitfield; Gabler; Brinkley; and Carr. Anti-Nazi League members included conservatives such as Rupert Hughes and Morrie Ryskind. The Popular Front was a common term used in the 1930s to describe the broad coalition of left and liberal groups—often led by members of the Communist party—who joined together to oppose fascism abroad and to promote a progressive political agenda at home.
During the course of the hearings, Nye admitted that he had seen only two of the films he identified as propaganda. This was two more than Clark, who admitted he had seen only one film in the past six years. Insisting that he and the committee were driven by patriotism and not prejudice, Nye proclaimed, “If anti-Semitism exists in America, the Jews have themselves to blame” (Variety, Sept. 10, 1941). The Senate hearings quickly came under widespread attack from the press and national leaders, who accused Nye of fostering religious hatred.
Film Weekly June 24, 1939 [England]. Film Weekly May 27, 1939. Friedrich, Otto. City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1987. Politics 25 Gabler, Neal. An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. , 1989. Gallup, George and Claude Robinson. ” Public Opinion Quarterly 2 (July, 1938). ––––––– . ” Public Opinion Quarterly 3 (October, 1939). Giovacchini, Saverio. Hollywood Modernism: Film and Politics in the Age of the New Deal. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001.