It's All In The Sauce

Almond Sauce - AppleJack - Apple Sauce - Artichoke Heart Sauce - Bar-B-Que Sauce - Blackberry
Caper Sauce - Cauliflower Sauce - Mother Leone's - Mushroom Sauce - Pesto - Pimiento-Olive Cream Sauce
Spaghetti Ragù - Red Clam Sauce - Royal Icing - Taco Sauce - Techina Sauce - The Waldorf Statement - Wine Sauce


The Godfather Trilogy

dine with friends and watch The Godfather Trilogy together with fine Italian food

remember the Spagehetti Factory on Green Street in North Beach?

Almond Sauce


1/2 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup chopped or crushed oregano
1/4 cup chopped basil
optional: 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dates
1 can whole or diced tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic


In a food processor, grind 1/2 cup blanched almonds into a coarse flour. Add chopped oregano, basil, dates, tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic. Grind into a creamy sauce.

AppleJack - Mount Vernon Style
demonstrated on The Rachel Maddow Show


· 2 oz of Laird's Applejack* --You want the bonded kind. Bonded means it's 100 proof, 50% alcohol. It's better than the blended kind.
· 3/4 oz lemon juice
· 3/4 oz orange juice
· 1/2 oz maple syrup -- Use grade B, that's the darker kind.

No Garnish. Except your "I Voted" sticker.
George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon, Virginia

*As listed in Jim Meehan's newly released "The PDT Cocktail Book," which even has a neat little video.

Pork Chops and Applesauce Brady Bunch Brunch

Apple Sauce for Slow Cookers


8 Cups Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
5/8 Cups sugar – white or brown, according to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 ½ ozs. Ginger liquer
2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
Butter plate, sliced thin, crystallized ginger and chocolate mint trim optional

Combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well until thoroughly blended. Cook ½ hour in slow cooker on medium setting.
Add crystallized ginger, ginger liquer and cream. Mix well. Continue cooking until apples are combine with all ingredients and texture is smooth. Serve hot with chilled butter plate.

Recommended Humphrey Bogart flicks:
To Have and Have Not you do know how to whistle
Casablanca The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Of All the Gin Joints - Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition

Artichoke Heart Sauce
artichokes are rumored the favorite dish of Cleopatra and Antony


1 14-16 ounce can or jar of artichoke hearts
1 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
optional: white wine
1 pound spaghetti


1. Prepare the spaghetti according to package.
2. Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the liquid.
3. Puree the artichoke hearts until smooth, adding the reserved liquid as needed to create a smooth paste.
4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet. The olive oil is warm once it moves like water in the skillet.
5. Add the salt and garlic, and sauté until the garlic begins to brown. Add the artichoke heart paste and continue to heat until warmed through. Add taste of white wine if desired.
6. Serve over pasta.

BBQ - Louisiana Bayou Bite Sauce

Yield: makes 1 1/2 cups
Preparation time. 30 minutes to roast the peppers and 10 minutes to assemble


2 large grill roasted or smoked red bell peppers
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
2 tablespoons of Steen's 100% Pure Cane Syrup or molasses
4 tablespoons distilled vinegar
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 pinch sea salt

About Steen's. Steen's is made in Louisiana, so it is included for authenticity, but if you can't find Steen's, molasses will do.


1) Prepare the red peppers if you don't have them in the freezer.
2) Turn the heat on the grill down to medium. Peel the garlic cloves and wrap them in foil. Put them on the grill for about 15 minutes or until they are tender.
3) Put the pepper and garlic in a blender and puree. You should get about 1 cup of liquid. If you have more or less pepper juice, adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
4) Add the remaining ingredients and liquefy. Taste and adjust the flavors to your preferences. Add more Tabasco if you want it hotter or more syrup if you want it sweeter. Bottle it in a clean jar and refrigerate. It will lose some of its freshness after a month or so.
source: Meathead

Judge Percy Mettrick: This is just a dirty little village in the middle of nowhere. Nothing that happens
here is really important. Now get out.

Marshal Will Kane: There isn't time.
-High Noon, 1952

High Noon BBQ Sauce
Makes 31/2 cups


1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup catsup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon or more chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1 large onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced

Combine butter, vinegar, water, catsup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, dry mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper, sugar, bay leaves, oregano, onion and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water.
For a smoother sauce, whirl in electric blender.
Makes enough for 6-7 pounds of meat.

High Noon Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast · Gary Cooper - Marshal Will Kane
· Thomas Mitchell - Mayor Jonas Henderson
· Lloyd Bridges - Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
· Katy Jurado - Helen Ramírez
· Grace Kelly - Amy Fowler Kane
· Otto Kruger - Judge Percy Mettrick

Gary Cooper had made many western theme films in Tuolumne County, but a closer look at the background in several scenes reveal what could be smog and wires from the Hollywood landscape, some people say.

Blackberry Sauce

Blackberry sauce isn't just for ice cream! A traditional breakfast, served on a tray or table, with an unconventional palette, can change the mood of your entire meal. Bold, bright crystal jars and small bowls that contain jams and condiments from unexpected places inject new interest in the standard stack of pancakes, omelets, and breakfast muffin.


1 ½ cups water
1 ½ points fresh blackberries
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 tbs cornstarch
1/8 tsp. Salt [optional]
2 tsp fresh lemon juice - Meyer Lemons are best
[omit lemon juice if blackberries are tart]

In a medium saucepan warm the water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add blackberries and return to boiling. Meanwhile, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt [if desired] in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the boiling blackberries and cook stirring constantly, until thickened.
Stir in lemon juice, if necessary, and cool before storing in a glass container. The sauce will keep for several weeks when refrigerated, but you will want to serve it at room temperature for maximum flavor.

more sauce recipe suggestions: smoothie

Caper Sauce
4 servings


4 pounds porterhouse or sirloin steak, cut 3/4-inch thick
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large red onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons capers in sea salt, well rinsed and minced
3 large lemons, juiced
Dash of rose wine to taste, optional


1. Rub the steak with sea salt and pepper and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Pour the olive oil into a large sauté pan, add the onions and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the onions to a bowl.
3. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the steak to the pan. Add rose and brown the meat on both sides. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the capers and lemon juice. Cook to taste.
4. Serve with some of the pan juices over the steak.

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BACK Michael Caine: Flawless 
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BACK Denzel Washington, Inside Man:  It looked like
the perfect bank robbery. But
you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Ocean's Eleven - back George Clooney 

Cauliflower Sauce


head of cauliflower
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
parsley or cilantro
red pepper, sliced in thin strips
1/2 cup grated white Cheddar cheese


Boil 1 head of cauliflower until tender. In a saucepan, saute 2 cloves garlic (chopped) in 1/2 cup olive oil. Add cauliflower, mashing it with a fork as it heats. Season with chopped parsley-cilantro.
Top with red pepper and sprinkle with Cheddar.


Mother Leone's Meat Sauce

New York restaurateur Gene Leone shares more than 300 of his family recipes in one of the best cookbooks ever written, Leone’s Italian Cookbook A list of frequent celebrity diners includes Enrico Caruso (helped family open the restaurant), George M. Cohan, Dwight D. Eisenhower (penned foreword to book), Victor Herbert, Gen. Douglas McArthur, Metropolitan Opera Stars, Giacomo Puccini, Harry Truman and Arturo Vigna, to name a few. The story begins before WW I and continues throughout the history of New York, with colourful background tips on management (over 100 specialists assisting in the kitchen) and fine cooking.


1/2 pound salt pork, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup butter
3/4 pound onions, peeled and diced
1 pound lean beef, cut into 1/2" cubes
1/2 pound lean pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 chicken gizzards, cut into small pieces
2 bay leaves, crumbled
5 garlic cloves, mashed
1 tbs fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
5 pounds ripe, fresh tomatoes or 6 cans, [1 pound each]
peeled plum tomatoes, chopped fine
1/4 pound carrots, scraped & minced 1/4 pound celery, minced
7 ounces tomato paste

Combine salt pork, olive oil and butter in a large saucepan; heat. Add onions and sauté to medium brown. Add beef, pork, chicken livers and gizzards and bay leaves; stir. Cook slowly, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Chop garlic and rosemary together and add to the sauce with allspice and pepper. Stir well and continue to cook over low heat for 20 minutes, and inhale the aroma. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, carrots, celery, and ½ tablespoon salt. Simmer slowly for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally. Do not hurry the cooking for a good sauce.

Remove sauce from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then strain the sauce. Put whatever remains in the strainer through a food mill and return it to the sauce. Add the tomato paste, stir well, and bring o a boil Check for salt, adding more if necessary. Any sauce that is not for immediate use can be frozen for a future occasion.
Makes 3/1/2 quarts.

favorite Minestrone Soup @ Luciano Pavarotti

Mushroom Sauce


variety of shrmx, rinsed and sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
olive oil
optional: 2 bacon slices


Boil water for pasta when you soak garlic in olive oil. Prepare shrmx as pasta cooks. Saute shrmx and garlic in olive oil. Add more olive oil and a dash of white wine as desired.
optional: add bacon, for flavor - remove when sauce is ready
Garnish with Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese.

Linguine with Mushroom and Garlic Sauce


3 tablespoons Salted Butter
8 ounces Button Mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
3 medium Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Whipping Cream
Salt, to taste
4 ounces Linguine, cooked to al dente, drained
2 ounces Mozzarella, cut into small cubes
Fresh Parsley, chopped for garnish


1. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
2. Add the sliced mushrooms, rosemary, garlic, black pepper.
3. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add cream and simmer for 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
5. Season with salt, to taste.
6. Add the pasta and cheese to the sauce and stir until the cheese melts.
7. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley.
8. Serve.

Grilled Mushrooms with Mushroom Sauce
Bohemian San Francisco Treat

Grilled Mushrooms

Skin and remove stalks from large fresh mushrooms and lay on a dish with a little fine olive oil, pepper, and salt, over them for one hour. Broil on a gridiron over a clear sharp fire and serve them with the following sauce:

Mushroom Sauce

Mince the stalks or any spare pieces of mushrooms fine, put in a stewpan with a little broth, some chopped parsley, young onions, butter and the juice of a lemon, or instead of the latter the yolk of an egg beaten up in cream. Beat all together and pour around the mushrooms.

Pesto Sauce


Place ingredients in a blender, puree for 30 or 40 seconds

Fresh Basil and Cilantro, chopped thin, 2 C loosely packed
Garlic 1 clove crushed
Olive oil 3 tbs
Pine Nuts – 3 tbs
Parmesan 2 tbs [romano cheese alternate]
Dash of Red Chili Pepper [optional]

Pimiento and Olive Cream Sauce


¼ cup pimientos
¼ cup pitted green olives, chopped
2 ¼ cups Dry Madeira or Medium Dry Sherry
3 cups whole milk, hot
¼ cup butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 small onion, sliced thin
½ medium-size piece of celery, sliced thin
½ medium-size carrot, sliced thin
6 sprigs parsley
12 whole white or black peppercorns
Dash grated whole nutmeg
3 tablespoons (1 ½ oz) dry Madeira

Cut ¼ cup pimientos into extremely small dice. Coarsely chop ¼ cup pitted green olives. Set aside.
Melt butter in saucepan with heavy bottom. Remove from fire. Stir in flour, blending well. Return to a moderate flame. Slowly stir in milk, about ½ cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce flame very low. Add onion, celery, carrot, parsley, peppercorns and ½ teaspoon salt. Simmer slowly, stirring frequently, ½ hour. When stirring sauce, scrape pan bottom and pan corner. Add grated nutmeg. Strain sauce.
Stir in Madeira. Add pimientos and olives to sauce. Add salt and ground pepper to taste if desired.

Red Clam Sauce


· 1/3 cup olive oil
· 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
· dash hot pepper sauce
· 1 (28- to 32-ounce) can whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped, reserving juice
· 2 teaspoons sugar
· 1 pound spaghetti
· 3 dozen hard-shelled clams such as littlenecks


Heat oil in a 12- to 14-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic with hot sauce, stirring, until pale golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and briskly simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 7 to 10 minutes.

Cook spaghetti in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Meanwhile, add clams (in shells) to sauce and cook, covered, shaking skillet occasionally, until clams open wide, 6 to 10 minutes (discard any clams that remain unopened after 10 minutes). Transfer clams (still in shells) as cooked to a large shallow bowl. If sauce is too watery, boil until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Drain spaghetti. Return clams to sauce and add pasta.



1 lb. or 3 cups confectioner sugar, sifted
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add the egg whites and lemon juice to the sugar and beat very well until it is smooth. With a palette knife, dipped in hot water, spread the icing smoothly all over the cake. Leave 1 day at least, before adding decorations.
Plan the decorations on paper first.
Make up about half the above Royal Icing recipe.
Colour a little with a few drops of colouring that matches party theme, and pipe on decorations.

The recipe is perfect for Barmitzvah cake, and may be adapted to any event theme as a versatile focalizer for your party spread. Example: add red, white, and blue sprinkles and tiny flags to a large sheet cake for announcements, fund raisers, and gala occasions. Add balloons, candles, and streamers to celebrate elections, tributes to political candidates and community organizers. Screen DVD matinee or marathons. Go Inside Man, The Manchurian Candidate, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Swing Vote, or other suggestions on the hot list below.

Spaghetti Ragù With Meat


· 1 lb. ground beef
· 1 lb. ground pork
· 4 Medium White Onions chopped fine
· 3 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes, preferably packed without citric acid
· Olive Oil – six tablespoons
· Sugar – two tablespoons
· Sea Salt – one tablespoon
· Black Pepper – two teaspoons
· 1 1/2 lb. Spaghetti or Macaroni


Brown the onions in the six tablespoons of olive oil until dark brown. Add the ground beef and pork and sauté until it loses it red color, several minutes. Add the tomatoes, sweetener, salt, black pepper and stir. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a medium simmer and cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring regularly. When the homemade spaghetti ragù is finished, cook the spaghetti or macaroni until extra firm or al dente, in salted water.

Drain the spaghetti, add two large ladles of homemade spaghetti ragù to the same pasta pan over a low heat, return the drained spaghetti to the pan and toss, like you would a large salad. Make sure all the spaghetti is covered in homemade sauce, adding more as needed, but not so it is swimming or dripping. Serve spaghetti with several additional spoonfuls of the homemade spaghetti sauce on top of each dish and a heavy dusting of either Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

go June Carter Cash Tomato Gravy


Italian Sausage Meatball Heroes


Fresh marinara sauce makes all the difference in these robust sandwiches. Look for it near the cheeses and fresh pasta at the supermarket or prepare your own.

· 1 pound spicy or sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
· 1 (23- to 24-ounce) container purchased fresh marinara sauce, divided
· 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
· 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
· 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
· 4 5- to 6-inch-long pieces French baguette, split horizontally
· 1 cup (packed) coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese


· Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix sausage, 1/2 cup marinara, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 2 tablespoons basil in large bowl. Using wet hands, shape mixture into 8 meatballs. Bring 2 tablespoons parsley, 2 tablespoons basil, remaining marinara, and meatballs to boil in large skillet. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, turning often, about 20 minutes.
· Place baguette bottoms on baking sheet; spread each with about 2 tablespoons sauce from skillet. Cut meatballs in half in skillet; overlap 4 halves on each baguette bottom. Spoon remaining sauce over meatballs, then sprinkle mozzarella over, dividing equally. Bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and basil and cover with baguette tops.
Makes 4 servings

Taco Sauce


· 2 medium canned tomatoes, drained, mashed with fork
· 1/4 cup diced green chili
· 1 small onion, peeled, coarsely chopped
· 2 Tbs diced green pepper
· 1 cup vinegar
· 1 tsp sea salt
· 1/4 tsp garlic powder
· 1/4 tsp oregano
· 1/4 tsp ground cumin


Mix ingredients, let it stand at room temperature 1 hour.
Refrigerate until ready to use.

source: Jeane Dixon’s Astrological Cookbook

Techina Sauce


2 ½ oz. (1/2 cup) ground sesame seeds
1/8 pint (1/4 cup + 1 T) water
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1 + ¼ tablespoon + lemon juice

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a blender for a few minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

Shrimp in White Wine Sauce


1/4 c. olive oil
1 block butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 med. onions, sliced thin
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. hot sauce
3 lbs. raw peeled shrimp (leave tail tips)
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Sauterne Wine

Heat oil and butter; add onions and garlic, saute until clear. Add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Layer shrimp in baking pan, season with salt and pepper, pour sauce over seasoned shrimp. Cover with sauterne wine.
Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees, then place in broiler to brown.
Serve hot with Green Orion Tomatoes and French bread.



Atmosphere in America After Noxious A-Bomb
Energy Effects General Population

It could be argued that the massive influx of altered atomic energy, exploded into our global collective consciousness during WWII, caused fear and anxiety levels to reach toxic thresholds during the cold war. The bomb seriously altered the day-to-day American way of life, in either case. It should be mentioned that covert intelligence was just getting off the ground when leaders, especially heads of state, were trying to organize new national boundary lines and make over the national self-images within many countries.

Someone said, Bad news travels around the world before the good news gets its shoes on. This is true when belief systems are involved - especially in America. Christian alchemy has been mistaken for a cult, and Buddhism misunderstood and misinterpreted as communism.
Check out Oliver Stone's refreshing look at this elusive part of history, so often under reported, or omitted entirely from the history books, featured in the tv series, Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States here. If things get too heavy, there's always Ghostbusters, the movie that never fails to lighten up the 'end of time, sign from God' theme.

Those who advocate violation of free speech and/or privacy laws, in many cases, are supposed to be the force for good, in place to protect U.S. citizens. This alternate universe mindset kicked in the same time as the black list, the worst post WWII offense against America. It is fully documented in Washington, D.C. archives. During the 50s, hearings were set out by the Senator who claimed to be a WWII war hero, but was never reviewed by any FBI agent or verified as honorable and worthy of the respect he received. His public name was false: "Tail Gunner Joe", as false as his "investigations" and manipulation of the entertainment community in Southern California.

Hollywood Communists! 1:42:04
Combining familiar newsreel footage with freshly shot material, David Helpern's Hollywood on Trial is a documentary concerning the "communist witch-hunt" era.


After interviewing Abraham Polonsky in 1962, William Pechter wrote: “The fact remains that Polonsky, having earned the right to work in Hollywood on the terms which Hollywood unfailingly understands, those of having proven the ability to show a profit, was denied the exercise of that less-than-glorious right. The fact is that since 1949… the richest literary talent to have appeared in the American film has not been able to work in films. One need not respond emotionally to that fact. One need not respond emotionally to any fact.”


The Backdrop

On November 24, the House of Representatives began debate over the question of contempt of Congress citations for the 10 witnesses who had refused to directly answer HUAC questions.

That same day, the three most powerful employer groups in the motion picture industry met at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. RKO and Twentieth Century-Fox had already decided to fire their "defiant" witness employees, writer/producer Adrian Scott, director Edward Dmytryk, and screenwriter Ring Lardner, Jr. They publicly stated these men were fired for having "brought themselves into disrepute" and defying "the institutions of the United States Government." In reality, they were fired because the studios and producers didn't want to chance losing paying movie customers by having these "subversives" associated with their films. AMPP President Johnston insisted that Dalton Trumbo and Lester Cole also be terminated.

Following their discussion, the producers issued what came to be known as the Waldorf Statement (see below). They hoped they could stall further HUAC hearings into the motion picture industry by making a strong statement of principle in regard to screen content and by denying employment to the "Hollywood Ten." Only Sam Goldwyn protested the decision to start a movie industry blacklist.

The Producers response to the Blacklist

On November 24 - 25, 1947, a meeting of Hollywood motion picture producers was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The following - The Waldorf Statement - is the first public response to the activities of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee by the Association of Motion Picture Producers, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers.

"Members of the Association of Motion Picture Producers deplore the action of the 10 Hollywood men who have been cited for contempt. We do not desire to prejudge their legal rights, but their actions have been a disservice to their employers and have impaired their usefulness to the industry.

We will forthwith discharge or suspend without compensation those in our employ and we will not re-employ any of the 10 until such time as he is acquitted or has purged himself of contempt and declares under oath that he is not a Communist.

On the broader issues of alleged subversive and disloyal elements in Hollywood, our members are likewise prepared to take positive action.

We will not knowingly employ a Communist or a member of any party or group which advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States by force or by illegal or unconstitutional methods. In pursuing this policy, we are not going to be swayed by hysteria or intimidation from any source. We are frank to recognize that such a policy involves dangers and risks. There is the danger of hurting innocent people. There is the risk of creating an atmosphere of fear. Creative work at its best cannot be carried on in an atmosphere of fear. To this end we will invite the Hollywood talent guilds to work with us to eliminate any subversives, to protect the innocent, and to safeguard free speech and a free screen wherever threatened."

Dalton Trumbo's speech to the Screen Writers Guild when accepting the Laurel Award in 1970

The blacklist was a time of evil, and that no one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil. Caught in a situation that had passed beyond the control of mere individuals, each person reacted as his nature, his needs, his convictions, and his particular circumstances compelled him to. There was bad faith and good, honesty and dishonesty, courage and cowardice, selflessness and opportunism, wisdom and stupidity, good and bad on both sides.

When you who are in your forties or younger look back with curiosity on that dark time, as I think occasionally you should, it will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims. Some suffered less than others, some grew and some diminished, but in the final tally we were all victims because almost without exception each of us felt compelled to say things he did not want to say, to do things that he did not want to do, to deliver and receive wounds he truly did not want to exchange. That is why none of us - right, left, or centre - emerged from that long nightmare without sin.

The Wheel Turns
In 1960 Dalton Trumbo became the first blacklisted writer to use his own name when he wrote the screenplay for film Spartacus. Based on the novel by another left-wing blacklisted writer, Howard Fast, the film that examines the spirit of revolt. Trumbo refers back to his experiences of the House of Un-American Activities Committee. At the end, when the Romans finally defeat the rebellion, the captured slaves refuse to identify Spartacus. As a result, all are crucified.

Dalton Trumbo Credited for Roman Holiday

check video or dvd, if available: The Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly sponsored an event, Hollywood Remembers the Blacklist, designed to call attention to the 50th anniversary of the start of the House of Representatives Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC) hearings.

Films made between 1939 and 1947 provide impressive evidence that there was more seriousness, intelligence, wit, grace and purpose in American movies than during any other period in the history of Hollywood.

-Harvey Perr

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, outraged by blacklist
Bogie & Bacall To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall - To Have It All
It started with her role in To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart. TIME’s review of her performance in that film might have done a little bit to push her toward stardom:
“The most valuable fixture in the show is 20-year-old Lauren Bacall. She has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle. Her personality is compounded partly of percolated Davis, Garbo, West, Dietrich, Harlow and Glenda Farrell, but more than enough of it is completely new to the screen.
She has a javelinlike vitality, a born dancer’s eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet-sourness. With these faculties, plus a stone-crushing self-confidence and a trombone voice, she manages to get across the toughest girl a piously regenerate Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while… One of the most successful scenes in the picture is her own invention. After a highly charged few minutes with Bogart, late at night in a cheap hotel room, [Bacall’s character] Marie retires to her own quarters. At this point in the shooting, Miss Bacall complained, ‘God, I’m dumb… If I had any sense, I’d go back in after that guy.’ She did.”

The Inquisition in Hollywood, coauthored by Larry Ceplair, a biography of screenwriter Sonya Levien. Ceplair teaches history at Santa Monica College.

from an interview with Marsha Hunt, by Glen Lovell
Q. What did you think of the Martin Ritt-Walter Bernstein film
The Front (1976), with Woody Allen ghosting for a blacklisted writer?

A. It dealt very slightly with it; but at least it tackled the topic only not in depth. Still, I was glad they found dark humor in the situation. So much of what happened was filled with horror. People today don't believe it happened. This being the 50th anniversary, I've been asked to do some lectures. I didn't want to before; I wanted to get away from it, not look back. But now I think it's important to do them. It's important for college people to know, to understand what it's like to be in the grip of hysteria, paranoia, the finger-pointing that crippled our society. I'm someone who had no interest in Communism and lost her career.

The Way We Wore: Styles of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties Our World Since Then, by Marsha Hunt

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Salad Days

After a few wonderfully bucolic days at the farm, collecting Daphne—who was in bubbling good health—and another few days in New York recounting and exaggerating our South American adventures to family and friends, we went back to the glory of Westridge and California.
As we chugged west by train, I marveled anew at the vastness of my country, which in spite of its human and physical variety was all of a piece-many millions of people agreeing peaceably to live under one extraordinarily permissive system of government, where no one was supposed to be bound,unwilling, to anything or anyone. What a marvel—and how fragile it could become if tose in power, or those sometimes incognito, faceless institutions that helped to make it tick, looked the other way for just a moment. Who dared say, “No need to worry”?

A boost to my diluted energies awaited me that summer of 1941. It was beginning work on The Corsican Brothers. I was still anxious to resuscitate my neglected career…
The war on the Eastern Front between the Nazis and the Soviets created a new wave of emotional excitement in this country that was particularly intense in Hollywood circles, where a number of anticommunist White Russian émigrés regained overnight an apolitical pride in the resistance shown by their kin back in Mother Russia…
All of us in the film community were soon begged to give money for the various “Bundles for Russia” and similar charities that sprang up overnight. As usual I had to be in the middle of such a good cause, so despite my usual drained finances, I lent my name to the growing list of Russian Relief Committees and gave them whatever I could afford.

Unfortunately that gesture of the moment, shared by many thousands everywhere, came back to haunt me more than a quarter of a century later. During both the Truman and the Eisenhower presidencies, I was asked if I would accept an important government appointment. I never knew for certain whether it was to be an under-secretaryship or an ambassadorship because whenever such an idea was proposed I Knew if it was to be a first-class post, I probably couldn’t afford it—and wherever I could afford one, it was most unlikely to be offered to me. Then, when the recommendation for my advancement in the naval reserve was passed over, I demanded to see all my records from every file, under the Freedom of Information Act. When a couple of reports continued to be denied me despite the law, I made a fuss. I couldn’t imagine what could be said against me of any real importance. The most I ever learned was that my name was on a list of those who contributed to the Russian War Relief and that as I backed FDR, I was “probably a leftist!” Also it was hinted that at an earlier time I led a less than Puritanical personal life. What this meant, no one would ever disclose exactly. But the reason given for forbidding me access to the file was that the informant agreed to tell about me, provided his or her identity was kept secret. I’m still curious—and still furious!”

BACK Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
from Hollywood Royalty


The Darkest Night

.... By 1950, the warehouse was bursting at the seams with acquisitions. A few rare, large objects had taken up enormous amounts of space.
This file attempts to catalog and describe the contents of a particular secret government storehouse. In the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark", this warehouse was the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant:

Santa Claus's security clearance application materials. Santa was only granted a low-level security clearance due to clear communist tendencies, evidenced by his giving away of toys, and his propentisity to wear red. Also here are the police reports from every movie in which Santa has ever been arrested or investigated, which run the gamut from "A Miracle On 34th Street" to "The Santa Clause".

A text about flouridation and its true effects on the mind.

Formula 7x.
Chemical formula for the secret additive that makes Coca-cola number one in the world. The report denies its addictive qualities, but several "bottle rings" on the report indicate great quantities were drunk during the testing.

Project Mermaid
Complete laboratory notes and the equipment from a government biological research lab detailing the capture, examination, and subsequent escape of a half-human, half-ichthyoid female specimen and what appeared to be her fully human mate. [From the movie "Splash"]

Marshmallow Fluff
A 55-gallon drum labeled "Remains, Marshmallow, Stay-Puft, New York, 1984". [Ghostbusters]



In 1947, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Paulette Goddard, Katharine Hepburn, and others had signed an advertisement that appeared
in Variety stating that they were “disgusted and outraged” by the investigations of the Hollywood Ten. Now Fonda joined other liberals
in protests and later claimed that he had been “graylisted” for a time
as a result of his actions.
-Peter Collier

Francis Ford Coppola Writer | Director | Producer
The Godfather Trilogy and On The Road - see George Lucas and
Marlon Brando fanpage

Analyze This * Director: Harold Ramis 1999
Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow

Tony Bennett
Grammy-winning Duets
Lady Gaga on "The Lady is a Tramp" and Amy Winehouse on "Body and Soul," and Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, k.d. lang, Michael Buble and more, on Columbia Records.
Body and Soul" video

Booze Movies: The 100 Proof Film Guide Indiana Jones and the Raiders
of the Lost Ark

The Departed * Martin Scorsese 2006
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson


Goodfellas * Martin Scorsese 1990
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci

One of the Hollywood Ten
Set at the height of the Cold War in the fifties, One of the Hollywood Ten stars Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi and Angela Molina in the story of film director Herbert Biberman and his struggle to continue his career in the face of the McCarthy-led blacklist. Resolved to fight back, he made the film Salt of the Earth, which became one of the first 100 films placed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Director: Karl Francis - 2000
107 minutes

The Tourist * 2010
Stars: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp

Trump IX Guidelines including variety of films to review.

The Whistleblower * 2011, Rachel Weisz plays a U.N. peacekeeper who exposes a sex trafficking ring among her colleagues in Bosnia.

also recommend films from or about the Beatnik Era - On The Road; Ethics for the New Millennium - and Essential Teachings of the Buddha [both by H. H. The Dalai Lama]; Good Night and Good Luck, Guilty by Suspicion, and so on.



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also check

James Campbell re James Baldwin and the FBI, Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin
Cheeses of France
Legend Kirk Douglas interviews
Denzel Washington Gangstaghetti
Historic Mount Vernon
Holiday Recipes
Pink Floyd - welcome finale Person of Interest, Season 4




Edward R. Murrow continued from Good Night and Good Luck

President Kennedy, The Ministry of Talent

Continued from Edward R. Murrow Good Night and Good Luck

Not one of his [Kennedy] top appointees, except of course his brother, came from his own past in Boston, Harvard, the Navy, or his father’s business associations. When bitter partisan acrimony followed the election via the Supreme Court of George W. Bush in 2000, one of Richard Nixon’s top aides, Herb Klein, asked me to refresh his memory on how Kennedy had reached out to Republicans to unify the country after his extremely narrow win in 1960. I reminded him that Kennedy had gone to see Nixon to bury any ill feelings, and that Kennedy had appointed many prominent Republicans to top posts, including Douglas Dillon, as secretary of the treasury, Robert McNamara as secretary of defense, and McGeorge Bundy as national security advisor.

For director of the United States Information Agency, he selected the country’s most outstanding, if controversial, broadcaster, Edward R. Murrow of CBS. For his deputy director for policy and plans, Murrow selected my brother Tom. Tom was not yet thirty-six, and he expressed concern to Murrow that critics both inside and outside the agency might charge nepotism, saying that he had been jumped over those with more seniority because of his relationship with the president’s special counsel. “I will just tell them,” Murrow replied, “I want Tom Sorensen for his qualities and his experience in his years with the agency. I would have appointed him to this job even if he were my own brother.” JFK was happy with Murrow’s choice. He had first met Tom in the mid-fifties, when as senator he asked my brother for a briefing on the politics of the Middle East. After the meeting, Tom said to me, “Looks like you’ve got a future president on your hands.” Neither he nor JFK ever forgot that brief meeting. When I was in the White House, it was wonderful to have Tom nearby, providing ideas and advice for some speeches, including JFK’s memorable address at the University of Washington, where he observed, as no other president ever has, the limits of American power in a world we did not, could not, and should not control.

-Ted Sorensen, Chapter 19 President Kennedy’s Ministry of Talent, Counselor

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