The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Miniseries #8:
More Stars Than There Are in HUAC


Abraham Polonsky


Jerome Robbins


Ronald Reagan


Jack L. Warner


Artie Shaw


Paul Robeson


Robert Montgomery


Morris Carnovsky


Robert Taylor


Louis B. Mayer


Gale Sondergaard


Sterling Hayden


Budd Schulberg


Gary Cooper


Leo McCarey


Howard DaSilva


Lionel Stander


Ayn Rand


Jeff Corey


Will Geer


Vanwall said...

Absolutely Brilliant!

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Flickhead said...

Holy shit!

Tom Sutpen said...

Thank you, Rob, and thank you, Ray!

Glad ye liked it.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Great series, but where's Canada Lee and John Garfield?

Tom Sutpen said...

I posted a photo of Garfield testifying before HUAC about 7-8 months ago (and more recently one of Adolphe Menjou). As for Canada Lee, I simply didn't have any images from his testimony. In fact, I'm not sure I've even seen one.

Vanwall said...

I love Jeff Corey's B&L Goggles - as if anyone could mistake his famous schnozz or distinctive voice. Always liked him.

Jeff Duncanson said...

I'm a little late to the party on this one, Tom, but yeah, "Holy Shit" pretty much says it.

I'm fascinated by the figures who were the central players in this thing, like the ones featured here, as well as people like Ring Lardner, Dalton Trumbo, Jules Dassin, etc. Thanks for posting this.

Matt Rosvally said...

If you could email me at I'd love to ask about the use of some of these photos. Is there any help you could offer me in getting one or two of these photos in an independent movie?