Robert Taylor and Communism – Introduction

Robert Taylor’s legacy has been nearly erased by those on the left who, even to this day, cannot forgive Taylor and other men and women who opposed international communism. Mr. Taylor’s contribution was to speak out when doing so was physically and professionally dangerous. Through the Screen Actors Guild, the Motion Picture Alliance for American Ideals and the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings he made clear his opposition to the Soviet goal of world domination. He also campaigned for like-minded political candidates. Robert Taylor was a close friend of Ronald Reagan and very likely influenced the future President Reagan’s move from liberal Democrat to Conservative Republican. This three part article attempts to clear away the misunderstandings regarding Mr. Taylor and his opposition to communism and its consequences.

I am not the first to do this. Linda J. Alexander’s excellent book Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood and Communism (Tease Press, 2008) covers the subject in great detail. I highly recommend the book. Nonetheless, the ideas in this article are mine and Ms. Alexander is in no way responsible for my views nor for any errors.

Hollywood has an obligation, I believe, to atone for its treatment of Mr. Taylor. I would suggest an honorary Oscar for life achievement or an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award like that given to Barbara Stanwyck in 1987. Even without the political aspect, Mr. Taylor’s films merit either or both of these awards.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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