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Sunday, October 29, 2017

It’s Communist Hoax Day at TCM! On Monday, October 30, the Red Movie Channel Presents Anti-Communist Movies from the 1950s, Including a Morning Double-Feature of Classic, Anti-Communist, Films Noir

 

 

By David in TN
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:17:00 A.M. EDT

 

Frank Lovejoy and Dorothy Hart, in I Was a Communist for the FBI
 

On Monday, October 30, TCM is showing several anti-Communist films from the late 40's and early 50's. I think they call it "Red Scare Day" or "Anti-Communist Witch Hunt Movies."
 

Only the best for Communist labor leaders, in I Was a Communist for the FBI
 

Two are anti-Communist Films Noir which are worth seeing. I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) stars Frank Lovejoy as a Pittsburgh steelworker (based on real-life Matt Cvetic) who infiltrates a Communist union. There are scenes in which the Communists plan demonstrations designed to provoke violence. Sound familiar?
 

 

I Was a Communist for the FBI is relevant today and shows at 9:45 a.m. ET on Monday, October 30. The TV series I Led Three Lives was a spin-off from this film.
 

 

At 11:15 am ET on Monday, TCM shows The Woman on Pier 13 (1950), starring Robert Ryan and Laraine Day. Ryan, a very left-wing actor in real life, plays an ex-communist VP of a shipping company, who is being blackmailed into rejoining the party in order to work to undermine his company.
 
 

The Laraine Day character's naive brother (John Agar) falls for a Communist femme fatale played by Janis Carter. William Tallman (a frequent Noir bad guy) plays a Communist contract killer.
 

 

The Woman on Pier 13 (aka I Married a Communist) was produced by Howard Hughes, as was I Was a Communist for the FBI.
 

 

N.S.: I spoke of Communist Hoax Day, because one of America’s most enduring myths is that there was a “Red Scare”/“Communist Witch Hunt” during the 1950s. What there was, was an awareness of Communists’ infiltration of America’s institutions, and a popular revolt against it.

TCM, of course, was founded by Ted Turner, who is either a communist, or a socialist so far to the left, that the issue of whether he is a Red is a distinction without a difference.

Correction, Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:48 a.m.: Forget the postscript below; I misread the schedule at TCM. I rarely go there.

Postscript: There are two, mutually contradictory TCM schedules for tomorrow.

The October schedule displays no anti-Communist movies for tomorrow, while the pages for I was a Communist for the FBI and The Woman on Pier 13 both have the respective pictures showing at the times David gave. I’m guessing, TCM changed its schedule, once the month began.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Only the best for Communist labor leaders, in I Was a Communist for the FBI"

Labor leaders of whatever persuasion live quite well and comfortable. Administrators who lead the high life.

Anonymous said...

"What there was, was an awareness of Communists’ infiltration of America’s institutions, and a popular revolt against it."

Correct. Communist adherents very small in number but boring from within, finding establishment niches from which to do dirty work in furtherance of the commie agenda.

Anonymous said...


"TCM, of course, was founded by Ted Turner, who is either a communist, or a socialist so far to the left, that the issue of whether he is a Red is a distinction without a difference. "


A man with a very warped mentality. Each time I have heard him speak it sounded as if he was drunk.

Anonymous said...

One of the great books of the 2Oth Century is Witness by Whitaker Chambers. Everyone needs to read it if they want to understand the communist infiltration of politics and the media in the middle of the last century. Today we call the establishment globalist swamp dwellers. Back then, a large part of the establishment were globalist "limousine liberals" or "parlor pinks"--those who were or sympathized with communists. The Venona Papers is also worth reading. Many prominent people were communists in those times. Of course they denied it and to this day leftists, disguised as "liberals", deny the undeniable--that the Rosenbergs were guilty of espionage for the Soviet Union. Why were the communists allowed to take half of Europe and all of China? The communists had people in high places in the US government.

Anonymous said...

Spacey acknowledges wrongdoing with minor male.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/30/entertainment/kevin-spacey-allegations-anthony-rapp/index.html
I had read about Spacey being gay,for years.The National Enquirer,had numerous pics of him--on a beach--with a few young men,over the years.
This one kid,Anthony Rapp,is not the only one.And Spacey is not the only actor.Many headlines about Travolta,Cruise etc.
--GR Anonymous