Manny P. here…
“`High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic is a lecture and book-signing scheduled this weekend at the Autry Museum of the American West on March 5th at 2p. The museum is located at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles.
“`High Noon, one of the best-loved movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age, is more than just an archetypal Western. It’s also a parable about the Hollywood Blacklist. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of some of cinema’s most gifted artists — screenwriter Carl Foreman, producer Stanley Kramer, director Fred Zinnemann, and Gary Cooper, among them — and how this creative partnership was influenced and crushed by political repression.
“`While making the film, Carl Foreman testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. When the filmmaker refused to name names, he was fired by his friend and business partner, Stanley Kramer. Gary Cooper tried to come to Foreman’s defense, but the screenwriter was blacklisted and forced into self-imposed exile. John Wayne, a leader of the movement to cleanse a film industry of purported Communists, later stated: He never regretted having helped run Foreman out of the country. Seven years later, Howard Hawks and The Duke produced Rio Bravo as their response to the 1952 Western.
“`Carl Foreman, like the hero in High Noon, felt alone and abandoned by his friends — as though he was facing down a vengeful gang. Foreman’s experience of being a target of the Red Scare inspired one of the movie’s most iconic images: A lone lawman walking down a deserted street towards a showdown with four armed gunmen.
“`Glenn Frankel is an award-winning journalist and a university professor. He was a director of the School of Journalism at University of Texas at Austin, and visiting professor at Stanford University. Before that, Glenn was a Washington Post reporter, editor, and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa, and Jerusalem, where he won a 1989 Pulitzer Prize in the category of International Reporting. He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine.
“`The event is free for Autry Members. Reservations are recommended.
Until next time> “never forget”