Tag Archives: HUAC

Song of Russia, 1943, Is Playing on TCM on March 31 (USA)

Please note: I had the time of this wrong. It is 11:30 a.m. not 1:30 a.m. Song of Russia, 1943, is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thursday March 31 at 11:30 a.m. est. Closed captioned. Song of Russia is … Continue reading

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Remembering Nancy Reagan and a Great Friendship

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Nancy Reagan’s death this week brought to mind the close friendship between Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Robert Taylor and Ursula Thiess. Ronald Reagan and Robert Taylor lived parallel lives for decades.  Both were midwesterners, both college educated, both successful … Continue reading

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Did Robert Taylor Help To Change History?

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This is the story of how a friendship between two men influenced the course of history in the twentieth century. Left to right: Robert Taylor in the mid 1960s; President Ronald Reagan Background On June 12, 1987 Ronald Wilson Reagan, … Continue reading

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The Taylor Haters (II): Robert Taylor Unperson

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Robert Taylor knew exactly what he was getting into when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.  The haters had come after him the previous May when he had met with investigators in what he had been … Continue reading

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The Taylor Haters (I): Richard Schickel

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By publishing this, I hope to illustrate the extraordinary level of venom spewed by the Taylor haters for decades after Mr. Taylor’s death. They despised the fact that Robert Taylor’s career wasn’t destroyed by his HUAC* testimony. His award for … Continue reading

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MGM Moles

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People who instantly recognize the names Clark Gable, Cary Grant, John Wayne or Greta Garbo often haven’t heard of Robert Taylor.  The reason for this is a subject for investigation. His outstanding looks worked against Robert Taylor.  People often believe … Continue reading

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“The Power and the Prize” Is Playing on TCM on March 20 (USA)

“The Power and the Prize” (1956) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thursday, March 20, 2014 04:00 PM est.  Closed captioned. “The Power and the Prize” is very much a movie of its time. Released in 1956, it reflects … Continue reading

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