Before They Ran the Reds Out of the Studios

The screwball comedy The Devil and Miss Jones exemplifies how pro-worker Hollywood was just on the eve of McCarthyism.

Charles Coburn and Jean Arthur appear as a store clerk and undercover boss, respectively, in a scene from the film The Devil and Miss Jones, 1941. (RKO Radio Pictures / Getty Images)

Today, it’s easy to deride conservatives who say that Hollywood is run by “cultural Marxists” looking to poison the youth. But there was a brief period when pro-worker films were the norm and hundreds of talented filmmakers tried to subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) turn mass culture red. The Devil and Miss Jones, a […]

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