Celebrities And Their Fascination With Socialism

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Gary Cooper Plays the lead in ‘Sergeant York’ 1941; a role that set the stage persona of a quiet unassuming man overcoming great odds for good to triumph over evil, an identity that made Cooper the most popular box office actor of the 30′, 40’s, and 50’s.

In the movie ‘High Noon’, Cooper portrays an aging marshal with a young bride, an old nemesis has been released from prison and is arriving by train with his gang to kill him; he must stand to face death alone against all odds, relying on principle and justice, because the town’s people and his bride have deserted him. The film has been considered to be one of the most artistic films of all time and one of Cooper’s greatest achievements.

The theme song to ‘High Noon’

Do not forsake me O my darlin’ On this our wedding day. Do not forsake me O my darlin’ Wait, wait along. The noonday train will bring Frank Miller. If I’m a man I must be brave And I must face that deadly killer Or lie a coward, a craven coward, Or lie a coward in my grave. O to be torn ‘twixt love and duty! S’posin’ I lose my fair-haired beauty! Look at that big hand move along Nearin’ high noon.

Celebrities and artists seem to have an overwhelming majority of people who are Socialists and fervent Communist sympathizers, it’s undeniable, but it is a reasonable question to ask why? Most of us have theories that are rarely expressed; yet the true reasons might be found in the testimony of an American icon.

Gary Cooper’s testimony before the House Panel on un-American Activities:

Several years ago, when communism was more of a social chit-chatter in parties for offices, and so on when communism didn’t have the implications that it has now, discussion of communism was more open and I remember hearing statements from some folks to the effect that the communistic system had a great many features that were desirable. It offered the actors and artists — in other words, the creative people — a special place in government where we would be somewhat immune from the ordinary leveling of income. And as I remember, some actor’s name was mentioned to me who had a house in Moscow which was very large — he had three cars, and stuff, with his house being quite a bit larger than my house in Beverly Hills at the time — and it looked to me like a pretty phony come-on to us in the picture business. From that time on, I could never take any of this pinko mouthing very seriously, because I didn’t feel it was on the level.

Was it all a lie? Cooper didn’t always live up to the images he portrayed: yet, how many of us would falter at the prospect of beautiful women throwing themselves at us continually, Clara Bow, was hopelessly in love with him as were Lupe Velez, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman, Tallulah Bankhead, Grace Kelly and Anita Ekberg? Rocky, his wife, from old east coast money, ignored the affairs, but other than the occasional stumble in matters of matrimonial fidelity, Cooper had an excellent reputation as the understated Montana cowboy. What reasons would he have to exaggerate the influence of Communism within the theater world? Why did he refuse to name these Communists? Did he balk at condemning colleagues as Communists?

Unfortunately, the answers to these questions are lost in the myth of Hollywood and the unpopular HUAC hearings; unfortunately, Hollywood now appears deeply immersed in the Socialist movement. Is there a special place among the Elites of a Communist Utopia for celebrities?

Unquestionably , celebrities have influence over a huge segment of the population. It is an inverse equation: they have the most influence with the least erudite among us and the least influence with the more erudite. Thus it is in the interests of the Left to dumb down the public education system and use celebrities as a tool to swing public opinion. At least in Gary Cooper’s era, he was willing to swear under oath that they were offered “a special place in government where we would be somewhat immune from the ordinary leveling of income.”

Sean Penn the valiant knight for the downtrodden puts his mansion on the market for $15 million.

It offered the actors and artists — in other words, the creative people — a special place in government where we would be somewhat immune from the ordinary leveling of income. And as I remember, some actor’s name was mentioned to me who had a house in Moscow which was very large — he had three cars, and stuff, with his house being quite a bit larger than my house in Beverly Hills at the time — and it looked to me like a pretty phony come-on to us in the picture business.

How petty and selfish are these celebrities to sell out America for vague promises of a secure place among the Elites of a Communist society? Surely they are for from the altruistic individuals who try to pass themselves off as having higher moral values than the rest of us.

Hollywood is infamous for blacklisting Communist sympathizers after these hearings. Obviously they were concerned with their image and hoped to purge their ranks of undesirables.

Cooper represents the almost mythical American embodied by the Montana cowboy, values that we seldom see these days; he was the American cowboy tall, lean, with integrity and dignity, the embodiment of middle class American values.

Since Cooper’s death from lung cancer in 1961, the America of the old traditions of independence, patriotism, quiet dignity, honesty, and integrity has been eroding away. Gone is the strong, quiet man who will stand against impossible odds for those who can’t help themselves in a just cause against evil: now, integrity has been replaced by admiration for those who can milk the system with deceit and lies, while patriots are considered to be fools, con-men and opportunists are the new heroes. Justice is becoming a reward for the biggest lies and fraud perpetrated against the government and public in the name of social justice and infringement upon civil liberties that would be considered laughable in the past.

Now that America has elected a Black version of Forrest Gump without the speech impediment, America longs for the quiet assurance of a Gary Cooper type to inspire confidence once again.

A few comments gathered from You Tube:

Yep, nice looking……he and Ian Tyson. It’s a shame today’s guys haven’t figured out that women still love a rugged looking guy in a nice wide brimmed hat! And I’ll take a tight pair of Wranglers over baggies any day!

I’d have to say Gary Cooper is the most handsome man I’ve ever had the pleasure to view and there are quite a few , but he is very much the absolute ultimate beautiful movie star, I think River Phoenix is also in that league of the absolute ultimate beautiful movie star, but he lived only 23 years, I’m sure he would’ve remained a handsome man, like Gary did- Rest in Peace Gary and River.

His lips are gorgeous!!!

I couldn’t have said it better.

His lips are pure perfection.

OMG, those lips!.

Gary Cooper was without a doubt one of the finest American’s he was modest. a gentleman, and one hell of an actor. He had a sense of humor and he had no airs about him. He was truly Montana’s finest..

I love Gary Cooper! He was one nice looking man. I love his movies. A great video!

Epilogue: As a boy, I went to the movie house during our infrequent trips to town, at least if there was a western showing. Gary Cooper’s movies transported me to another dimension and made me sit taller in the saddle when I was back home. Yes, he was my boyhood hero.

For those with charges of racism to throw about, it has been estimated that after the Civil War, one in five cowboys were displaced Blacks from the plantation system: a fact that has unfortunately been ignored except in western parodies and comedies.

A professional horseman for over 40 years, Skook continues to work with horses. He is in an ongoing educational program, learning life's lessons from one of the world's greatest instructors, the horse. Skook has finished an historical novel that traces a mitochondrial line of DNA from 50,000 years ago to the present. The book Fifty-Thousand Years is awaiting me to finish a final proofread and it should be sent to the formatter in a matter of days. I am still working, so it is not easy to devote the time I need to finish the project. The cover is a beautiful wok of art. I would put it up here if I could figure out how to make it work.

34 Responses to “Celebrities And Their Fascination With Socialism”

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    CHill

    High Noon versus Rio Bravo: A Chinese Perspective

    As I mentioned, I taught two classes at Southwest Jiaotong University – Emei Branch using these two movies to try to give the students an insight into American culture as developed and portrayed via film. I did not really know about these two movies until I taught these classes. I like them both very much. High Noon was the first movie ever filmed in real time. The clock on the wall is a central artifact in the movie and as the movie progresses, the clock moves at exactly the same pace as the movie. John Wayne, for me, is John Wayne. Even his lame movies are John Wayne entertaining. And, BTW, until I started teaching using film, movies were simply an entertainment for me. I refused to read movie critics and never watched any on TV. I watched movies strictly for their entrainment value and either was entertained or not. Movies, for me were of no value other than that. Of course, this changed when I began to teach pop culture to EFL students. There really is a lot going on in most of these movies that is easy to overlook. High Noon and Rio Bravo are great examples.

    Back to China and my Chinese students. I was six months into my contract when I submitted a request to teach a film-based American culture class. It was approved and made an elective course for the whole university instead of just students in my department (Department of Foreign Languages). I ended up having two separate classes with about 30 student in each and both in the evenings. My first class was what was called the Mao Class. These are engineering students (the university is an engineering university) who had aced their entrance exams and were the cream of the students. Mao! Yeh, I thought the same thing but it turned out this Mao was Mao Yisheng who was the first professor from the university who got his PhD from the US in 1919. Biggest name in engineering in China.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Yisheng

    The second class were just students who wanted to improve their English and were interested in American culture. The Mao class was really good and they probably got a lot out of the class. The second class was an EFL class with the exception of maybe ten, six of whom were English majors. Needless to say, the second class liked Rio Bravo much better because it was in color! Had a hard time trying to convince them of the message being presented. I doubt if one can sell BW films in China these days.

    I began the Western movies portion by explaining that all classic Westerns pretty much used the same theme. Hero is faced with a difficult situation that involves two bad choices. Both choices lead to bad results. Hero then chooses the course of action that represents what American values are all about. For example, Gary Cooper had a choice of leaving with his new Quaker wife or returning and doing his duty and complete his job. Same with John Wayne. Turn over the bad guy murderer, Joe Burdette, back to his family instead of standing trial or the town will be razed by the Burdette ranch gang. Both of the heros obviously make their choices based on the American value of honor, duty and always doing the right thing.

    As we watched each film, I pointed out the events that were important to focus on. For example, when Cooper runs around the town looking for help and how he is turned down by all and even the judge runs away. I also made sure they catch the interaction between him and his deputy (Bridges). When we watched Rio Bravo, the students then could see the differences and the messages that were being relayed.

    For example, people would volunteer their services to Wayne but he turned them all down because he was the trained professional and they would just get themselves killed. This became really obvious and the students got the message in real time – Rio Bravo is an anti-High Noon movie (At least my Mao students caught it very quickly)!

    So what was the feelings of the Chinese students? For the most part they all preferred Rio Bravo, especially when I told them that Ricky Nelson was probably the most important Rock and Roll singer in American history because he made it acceptable for people like Elvis and others. Remember this was little Ricky from Ozzie and Harriet! They also agreed that High Noon was, in fact, negative toward Americans in that it portrayed the average American as cowardly and without integrity, only thinking of themselves rather than the society in which they lived. Rio Bravo, on the other hand, portrayed what they thought would have been American values where the hero puts his life on the line to protect the society.

    The Mao students agreed that Rio Bravo was the better movie and portrayed what they felt were American values as described by online sources and their own feelings. Surprisingly, most of the students had a great appreciation for American freedoms. One student, however, tried to “teach” me about the current socialism with Chinese characteristics that had brought China to economic success. In most of my classes, I would usually have two or three students who had bought into the Beijing line of socialist China not a capitalist China. The other students usually looked rather knowingly at their fellow Moaist students. The majority of students I met all seemed to realize how ridiculous some of the propaganda coming out of the Beijing really was. This group of Chinese have more freedom than any group of Chinese in the history of China and they know it and appreciate it. Several of my English major students even made me feel like a liberal in their distaste for the current government. I always had to quiet them down for fear of being overheard (not sure if this was real or not) by other teachers. I tried to explain that they owned their own minds but they must always be careful all the time and to use common sense.

    China is not like anything we are taught or presented in Western society. BTW, many of my American friends living in the States began to call me Comrade because of the events I was experiencing. If you are interested, check out the following;

    http://emeimtn.blogspot.com/

    When blogger was blocked last year I went to the following one:

    http://emeimtn.wordpress.com/

    I have been a bit lazy since returning to Thailand so have a lot to add when I get inspired.

    Conclusion – Rio Bravo portrays American values much better than High Noon. Rio Bravo is one of the few movies with very few close ups done (a total of three). I also thought that Dean Martin proved he was a great actor in this movie as well. Do I think that High Noon was communist? Not sure that any director or producer worries about the politics more than how much the movie will gross. Money is always the bottom line.

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    Skookum

    Chill, thank you for your contribution. You are blessed to be living such a colorful life.

    I have no editorial responsibilities, but I will request a submission from you. I and I am sure many of the readers would like to learn more of the Chinese Communist version of Free Market economic theory, at least if it doesn’t compromise your standing. You are in a unique position to witness the evolution of an economic super power. Most of us can only wonder what is happening in China and Asia; however, you have obviously made the Orient your home and have a window of opportunity that is available to almost none of us.

    Most of the people who read this blog are anxious for knowledge both from an historical and current affairs viewpoint. Thus your insight into this great unknown called China will be appreciated.

    We, the authors, have talked of expanding our scope internationally, at least beyond Canada, so there is an opportunity for all of us.

    Thanks Again, Skook.

    I let my Red River grain cereal get cold, because I was so engrossed in your photos and details.

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    Skookum

    Angie, I watched all the videos and chose yours, they were well done, I commend you for your effort. You have done an excellent job with the web site: your efforts will help preserve a bit of history and culture for all time. Outstanding, outstanding indeed! Thanks from all of us who packed cap guns and wore western hats, and a few others!

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    Maggie

    Some of my fondest memories are of sitting in my immigrant Grandparents’ living room with my Grandpa, his filterless Camel cigarettes filling the room with a heavy fog (Ooops! And I and Grandma, and nobody else in the family never came down with cancer from his secondhand smoke), and watching western movies and western TV shows on their b/w TV. I sat on the ottoman next to his big comfy chair and waited for him to offer me hard ribbon candy or pecans from the tins he kept on the table on the other side of his chair. When the percolating Maxwell House commercial would come on the TV I’d jump up and dance to the jingle for him and Grandma, and they would laugh.

    When he came to the USA as a young teen from post-WWI Hungary he was notably disappointed to discover the USA was not a raging “cowboys and Indians” western movie, least of all Western Pennsylvania. But he and my Grandmother did find their “American” spirit in those westerns.

    The only time I ever saw my Grandfather ‘blush’ was when I told him how much he looked like Humphrey Bogart (one of his favorite actors). And he did.

    As to playing cowboys and Indians, I grew up in a neighborhood where my sisters and I were the only girls. Outdoor play always involved either WWII Americans vs Germans, or cowboys and Indians. We played in the woods near our homes until past dark. We built forts and tree houses. It’s what is sorely missing from children’s lives today.

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    Missy

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    @Maggie:

    Thanks for sharing! My grandparents owned a dance hall/tavern up in the bluffs in Romance, Wisconsin. My brother and I would spend part of our summer vacations with them. Grampa smoked unfiltered Lucky Strikes, I do remember that fog. 😉 The tavern was right next to their house, the house was once a mill that they refurbished, was such a neat house for roaming kids, they had 14 kids and the attic was filled with our aunt and uncle’s neat stuff we got to go look at once in awhile. It also had a small gas station tucked under it that my uncles ran, they even had candy bars. 😉 Across the street was a cattle yard, down the road was a grocery store that had wooden floors, our aunts would walk us down there for ice cream cones when we behaved. They had a ball diamond near the grocery store and a couple of houses, that was it.

    Grampa cleaned and opened in the morning and we were allowed to go into the bar area and pick out one bottle of pop and a candy bar each day then had to scoot. He didn’t know we also hit the uncles up. On Saturday nites he ran films on a screen in his parking lot, no sound, gramma made us pop corn and brother and I would watch them from the sun porch until we fell asleep. And, we also watched westerns on the b/w with my grandparents. Memories.

    We played cowboys and indians and made forts when at home and would drag everything that wasn’t nailed down to a woods that was about a quarter of a mile away from our home. Quite a few times we had to go back for hammers and my dad’s saw and he would get owly about his nails. Once I took my moms vegetable seeds and planted a garden in the woods and couldn’t understand why nothing grew. 🙄

    Now you can’t let kids have the range we roamed for fear some sicko might do something evil. Sad.

  6. 31

    Wordsmith

    editor

    Some great stories in here! Thanks to CHill, Maggie, Missy, and all for sharing.

    CHill,

    What’s your perspective on Shane as it relates to your reflections on High Noon and Rio Bravo as reflective of the people portrayed in American society?

    There are no dangerous weapons…only dangerous men.”

    @Maggie:

    The only time I ever saw my Grandfather ‘blush’ was when I told him how much he looked like Humphrey Bogart (one of his favorite actors). And he did.

    Casablanca is probably my all-time favorite movie, if there is such a thing.

    Speaking of Bogart, I heard on the Medved Show yesterday Paul Kengor with a new book, I think called “Dupe”. He mentioned that at the end of his life, Bogart was a conservative who realized he was “duped” in his youth into having ties to communists. Quick Google search, I came up with this.

    I suppose just tantalizing speculations.

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    Maggie

    Yes, I think many Hollywood-ites back then seemed to think Communism was the way. Oddly, many had started from poor beginnings and had achieved star-power standings with studios and considerable wealth. Yet, they enjoyed the capitalist lifestyle and freedom and were convinced the Commie ideology would preserve that? Quite the contradiction. As your link points out Bogart apparently grew-up and saw the light.

    Unfortunately, today’s pampered, lack of talent, Hollywood-set think Marxism/Communism is some status symbol. And most of them came from what appears to be, for the most part, decent middle class upbringings.

    Had Grandpa known Bogart dabbled in Communism he would never have watched a second of his movies.

    Big Peace did a recent piece on Dr. Paul Kengor and the Hollywood commies/socialists:

    http://tinyurl.com/2eh77n5

    Big Peace: On the plus side, Hollywood had strong anti-communists.

    Kengor: Many of them. John Wayne, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper, Olivia de Havilland, Jimmy Stewart, Clare Boothe Luce, Edward Arnold, George Murphy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby, Robert Montgomery, Adolphe Menjou, Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, William Holden, to name a few.

    Of course, there was Ronald Reagan, who, truth be told, was once duped himself, but learned and emerged as arguably the greatest anti-communist. That’s a very interesting conversion I detail in the book.

    Hollywood was once a sane place. Today, its moral depravity is rivaled only by its political depravity.

    Fact is, whatever his tactics, Joe McCarthy was more right than wrong. And Hollywood was the least of the danger zones the Communist red wave had washed into in this country.

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    Skookum

    Thank you Maggie:

    Fact is, whatever his tactics, Joe McCarthy was more right than wrong. And Hollywood was the least of the danger zones the Communist red wave had washed into in this country.

    The Left still maintains the innocence of the Rosenbergs; despite the declassification of KGB records that name them specifically as Soviet spies responsible for leaking out secrets of the atom bomb. The list goes on for a thousand pages or more, but the Left believes if you tell a lie often enough and wash the kids brains in school with the lie it will be eventually accepted as fact. “Body of Secrets” a history of the NSA during the Cold War outlines the KGB documents and the Venona Cables. Fantastic reading if you are interested in the truth.

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    Grace

    For all those Hollywood Celebs, it is very easy to be a SOCIALIST when having so much fame and fortune. Which means that they are totally out of touch with the REGULAR FOLKS !!!

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