Blacklisted

  • by Tony Kahn
  • Narrated by Tony Kahn, Rob Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O'Connor
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Listen to six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. From 1947 until his death in 1962, screenwriter Gordon Kahn, father of series producer Tony Kahn, was the target of harassment by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), denunciations by neighbors and "friends," and surveillance by the FBI and its chief, J. Edgar Hoover. Kahn could have ended the ordeal by renouncing his leftist views and giving the investigators the names of others to be questioned. Blacklisted tells the story of Gordon Kahn's 15 years of persecution and the fear that followed him, his family, and thousands of other Americans for having - or being accused of having - "the wrong political ideas."All of Kahn's words, and those of his wife Barbara, are drawn from their writings, diaries, and letters. All of Hoover's remarks come from the confidential memos and remarks in the 3,000-page surveillance file he kept on Gordon Kahn from 1944-1962.

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What the Critics Say

"A remarkable story of a son's unrelenting search for his father and his ability to turn that search into art." (The Boston Globe)

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Whiney and sniveling

Kahn's father was a communist, no question about it. The Venona Papers have long since debunked the myth that these people were innocent liberals who just happened to be more enlightened than the rest of us. We are living today with much of the detritus of their miserable politics installed at our leading institutions. Nothing new here, except the pathological attempts by Kahn Jr. to revivify these villains.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-29-2000
  • Publisher: Tony Kahn Productions