restricted access Statement of Principles (USA, 1944)

A right-wing, anticommunist alliance—including members such as Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Adolphe Menjou, Ronald Reagan, King Vidor, John Wayne, and Sam Wood—the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals was formed to combat the notion that Hollywood was rife with communists and left-wing sympathizers. This manifesto was written while the United States and the USSR were still World War II allies, and Hollywood was producing pro-Soviet fi lms like Warner Bros.’ Mission to Moscow (Michael Curtiz, 1943) and MGM’s Song of Russia (Gregory Ratoff, 1944). The MPAPAI nevertheless places communism and fascism on equal footing. After the war the alliance actively worked in support of HUAC (the House Un-American Activities Committee), providing “friendly” witnesses to testify before Congress.