The Screen Actors Guild Asks Ronald Reagan to Mediate a Dispute Between Rival Unions
In 1946, Reagan became convinced that Communists were trying to infiltrate Hollywood via a dispute between an established actors' union and a new union, the Conference of Studios Union or CSU. He believed the CSU was supported by the Communist Party in Hollywood as well as branches of the Party in San Francisco. At this time, the United States produced a vast majority of the films shown in theatres throughout the world, and Reagan feared that the Soviets might try to control actors and directors in Hollywood in order to reduce the amount of anti-Communist propaganda the studios put in their films.
Well, sir, 99 percent of us are pretty well aware of what is going on, and I think,
within the bounds of our democratic rights and never once stepping over the rights given us by
democracy, we have done a pretty good job in our business of keeping those people's activities
curtailed. ”— Ronald Reagan