Author (Your Name)

Scott Lainer, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. American Studies Program


Charles W. Bassett


The common bond between much of the film industry and Joseph McCarthy was insecurity and the drive for national approval. If one grasps the specific characteristics of McCarthy the man, and the methods of these politically "inspired" movies, we can to better place the period into context and acknowledge the fact that, if the citizenry is not aware, and is again caught by an ever-building wave of trickle down sentiment, the 1950s might not prove to be an isolated period in American history. Insecurity was not a fifties novelty. It still exists, and could potentially escalate anti-Communist policy and sentiment into widespread paranoia in the 1980s.


McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957, Cold war in motion pictures, Motion pictures, American