On this day in history, 1949 ... ok, ok, yesterday actually, The FBI decided that Frederic March, John Garfield, Paul Muni, Paul Robson and Edward G. Robinson ... among others, were all members of the American Communist Party.
To quote Edward G. Robinson on the matter.
The FBI report relied largely on accusations made by “confidential informants".
Congress would later cite 10 Hollywood writers and directors for contempt for refusing to divulge their political sympathies or name others who might be communists. The “Hollywood Ten,” as they came to be known, were later convicted and sent to prison for varying terms.
Chaplain chose to return to England to work and subsequently had his re-entry permit revoked by US Attonrney General, James McGranary.
He never returned to this country.
In an effort to give you a feel for the tone of the times, click the image below for one of my all time favorite movies,
The more things change ...