Friday, April 27, 2018
Fade to Blacklist: Part 2
In our last episode, we looked at the East Coast blacklist triggered by "Red Channels" -- which listed the "Communistic activities" of supposed radicals -- and the lives that were ruined by it. In this episode we look at the pushback -- the positive results of people standing up to a small number of self-appointed vigilantes, and what happened when networks and sponsors stood strong against threats to shows such as "I've Got a Secret" and "I Love Lucy." We also look at one man who finally had enough and took the blacklist creators and enforcers to court.
Fear on Trial, by John Henry Faulk
Desilu: The Story of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, by Coyne Steven Sanders
Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball, by Stefan Kanfer
The Image Empire: A History of Broadcasting in the United States, Volume III, by Erik Barnouw