The Hollywood Motion Picture Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist stigmatized many individuals employed in the filmmaking industry and beyond, ruining lives and careers and curbing creativity. Though the Hollywood Blacklist was actively harming careers seventy-five years ago, its impacts are still studied to this day.

Larry Ceplair’s The Hollywood Motion Picture Blacklist: Seventy-Five Years Later discusses the history and impact of the Hollywood Blacklist, including discussions of the Hollywood Ten and the effects of graylisting. Ceplair’s book is informed by previously published works about the Blacklist, in addition to exploring Jewish identity in conjunction with anti-Communism. Ceplair also brings about intriguing discussions of examining the consequences of cooperation with the House Committee versus joining the Blacklist.


The Hollywood Motion Picture Blacklist: Seventy-Five Years Later is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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