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FBI Records Show Extent Marilyn Monroe Was Investigated Over Communism Allegations

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated actress Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller in the mid-1950s after an anonymous caller to the New York Daily News claimed both were Communist sympathizers, the New York Daily News reports, citing newly released records.

The records were disclosed for the first time without redactions to the Associated Press and show the extent of the FBI’s monitoring of the actress’ ties to communism.

The FBI was particularly curious about Monroe’s relationship with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, whose family disinherited him over his leftist views, the Daily News reported.

The relationship with Field “caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe’s entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico),” the file states.

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Science Fiction Legend Bradbury Aroused Suspicions of FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI actively investigated late science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury on suspicions that he had Communist leanings in the 1960s, according to records obtained by The Huffington Post.

Several writers, including screenwriter Martin Berkeley, voiced suspicions about Bradbury, who was an outspoken critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which probed communists in America, The Huffington Post reported.

Berkeley “stated that the general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe [sic] could not be won since their morale had been seriously destroyed.”

But an investigation later revealed: “No evidence has been developed which indicates he was ever a member of the CP (Communist Party).”

British Intelligence Assisted FBI in Tracking Charlie Chaplin

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

MI5, the British intelligence agency, cooperated with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI in tracking the actor Charlie Chaplin in the 1950s for alleged communist sympathies, reports the Guardian.

Describing Chaplin as “Hollywood’s parlour Bolsheviks,” the FBI asked MI5 for cooperation in having him banned from the US. MI5 put together “extensive personal files” on the actor, files which are now being released publicly, according to the Guardian.

“Chaplin has given funds to communist front organisations … He has been involved in paternity and abortion cases,” a Washington-based MI5 liaison warned in October of 1952.

“There is a great deal of good in communism. We can use the good and segregate the bad,” Chaplin had told an American Soviet group in Los Angeles in, according to the files.

Eventually, MI5 found no evidence of Chaplin being a threat.

“We have no trace in our records of this man, nor are we satisfied that there are any reliable grounds for regarding him as a security risk,” Sir Percy Sillitoe, then head of MI5, told the chief police commissioner in South Africa, where Chaplin was planning a visit,according to the paper.

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