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Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998)

TV-PG | | Documentary
This potent documentary, narrated by Morgan Freeman, examines several prominent African-American performers in the American film and television industries during the 1950s Communist witch-hunting McCarthy era.

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Alexandra Isles

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Alexandra Isles (as Alexandra M. Isles)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Himself - Host
Rosetta LeNoire ... Herself
Dick Campbell Dick Campbell ... Himself
Frederick O'Neal ... Himself
Ossie Davis ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Paul Robeson ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Wershba Joseph Wershba ... Himself (broadcast journalist)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Gregory Abbott Gregory Abbott ... Newsreel Narrator (voice) (archive sound)
Erik Barnouw Erik Barnouw ... Himself (broadcast historian)
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Herself (archive footage)
Adam Clayton Powell III Adam Clayton Powell III ... Himself (son of Hazel Scott)
Fred Waring ... Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and stage. It begins in Harlem, measures the impact of Paul Robeson and the campaign to bring him down, looks at the role of HUAC, J. Edgar Hoover and of journalists such as Ed Sullivan, and ends with a tribute to Canada Lee. Throughout are interviews with men and women who were there, including Dick Campbell of the Rose McLendon Players and Fredrick O'Neal of the American Negro Theatre. In the 1940s and 1950s, anti-Communism was one more tool to maintain Jim Crow and to keep down African-Americans. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

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7 November 2007 | by imrankhankhanSee all my reviews

Please somebody start commenting on this movie... I need it to write a paper for my racism class..

Scandalize My Name provides a searing examination of how "Red Scare" politics were used to hinder America's civil rights movement. This powerful film documents the first-hand experiences of African-American performers faced with blacklists, loyalty oaths and other discrimination. It explores the impact these tactics had on the performers' careers and on civil rights as a whole. Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and Dick Campbell are just a few of the notable personalities featured. ~ Scott Albright, All Movie Guide Scandalize My Name provides a searing examination of how "Red Scare" politics were used to hinder America's civil rights movement. This powerful film documents the first-hand experiences of African-American performers faced with blacklists, loyalty oaths and other discrimination. It explores the impact these tactics had on the performers' careers and on civil rights as a whole. Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and Dick Campbell are just a few of the notable personalities featured. ~ Scott Albright, All Movie Guide


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