And here I was thinking he was dead. I've even read his biography!
Know why he was a class act?
Because he was blacklisted by HUAC and had his career trampled by a coalition of jingoist Republicans and racist, anti-Semitic Southern Democrats, yet he comes back just to accept this stupid trophy.
He didn't just go to France, he wasn't allowed back to America because of some trumped up connection to communism.
He was not only English, he helped build Essanay Studios and the foundations of Hollywood itself. His contribution to the construction of film and the toppling of the Edison monopoly cannot be understated. America was his home more than France, perhaps more than England as well. He completely transformed the entertainment business in this country and what our government did to him is a disgrace.
By the by, a lot of the Hollywood blacklisting under HUAC was carried out by agents of white supremacy, members of the Nazi Bund, journalists for The Awakener (a fascist propaganda magazine), the Silver Shirts, and the KKK. Ironic, since HUAC was created by the first and only Jewish congressman (at the time: Samuel Dickstein) to hunt down Nazis and fascists in the USA. A case study in how witch hunts ostensibly conceived for good quickly turn to the dark side. As it so happens, Dickstein may have actually been on the KGB payroll, though his role is not certain and whether or not he provided them with intel is unknown.
Oddly reminiscent of Tiny Tim.
-1 for these 'talkie' movies -1 for these stupid color pictures... +million cause he still cant get that stupid hat on his head :)
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