THE BLACK LIST
IN CONVERSATION WITH BOB BAHR, MEDIA EXPERT AND JOURNALIST
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of the making of High Noon, a low budget western written and produced by two sons of Jewish immigrants, Carl Foreman and Stanley Kramer, and directed by a Jew from Vienna, Fred Zinnemann. Now considered the finest example of the great American Western and one of the most revered movies of Hollywood’s golden era, High Noon garnered four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Gary Cooper. Yet what has been largely overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Red Scare and the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal—a time with distinctive echoes of our own perilous political era. Jews were the main targets of the “Red Hunters,” and Jewish studio heads and community leaders faced a crisis of conscience.
About the Author:
Glenn Frankel is an author and journalist, based in Arlington Virginia. His most recent position was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and he also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He later served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine.
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