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The Republicans of Classic Hollywood

PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT TRYING TO EVOKE A POLITICAL DEBATE HERE ON THE FORUM. THIS LIST IS SIMPLY TO HELP GIVE MORE INFORMATION AND TRIVIA TO THE PEOPLE LISTED, I DID NOT PUT THIS UP TO START A POLITICAL DISCUSSION. I WISH TO MAKE THAT CLEAR AS THAT IS HOW IT WAS PRECIEVED BY ONE FORUM USER.

The following performers were all affiliated with the Republican party, let's see if your favorite stars made the list or not.

Republican Actors:

Clark Gable, James Stewart, John Wayne, George Murphy, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Charles Coburn, Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, Lew Ayres, Don DeFore, Harry Carey, Jr. (during the 1980s only), Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dick Powell, James Cagney, Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Buddy Ebsen, Clint Eastwood, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Glenn Ford, Charlton Heston, Red Skelton, Nelson Eddy, Adolph Menjou, George O'Brien, Hugh Beaumont, Ronald Reagan, Robert Cummings, Ward Bond, Elisha Cook, Jr., Zachary Scott, Dane Clark, Pat O'Brien, Rock Hudson, Robert Walker, Robert Stack, Van Heflin, Mickey Rooney, Jack Palance, Edward Arnold, Cesar Romero, James Arness, Peter Graves, Robert Montgomery, Cary Grant, Joseph Cotten, Buster Crabbe, Johnny Weismuller, Fred MacMurray, Kent Smith, Lou Costello, William Frawley, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Walter Pidgeon, and Alan Ladd.

Republican Actresses:

Laraine Day, Virginia Mayo, Rosalind Russell, Doris Day, June Allyson, Joan Blondell, Barbara Stanwyck, Maureen O'Hara, Fay Wray, Helen Hayes, Sylvia Sidney, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, Shirley Temple, Elizabeth Taylor, Martha Raye, Paulette Goddard, Dorothy Lamour, Ginger Rogers, Jeanette MacDonald, Gloria DeHaven, Ava Gardner, Jane Wyman, Vivien Leigh, Jane Bryan, Anita Louise, Norma Shearer, Dinah Shore, Mary Wickes, Rhonda Fleming, Marie Windsor, Una Merkel, Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Corinne Griffith, Jane Russell, Shirley Jones, Esther Williams, Jane Greer, Loretta Young, Joan Fontaine, Donna Reed, Audrey Totter, Claire Trevor, Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell, Cyd Charrise, Ann Sothern, Jeanne Crain, and Hedy Lamarr.

Old Hollywood Director/Moguel/Gossip Figures:

Cecil B. DeMille, Raoul Walsh, John Ford, The Warner Brothers, Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper, Louis B. Meyer, Irving Thalberg, Will Hays, David O. Selznick, and Gilbert Adrian.

If you know anymore Republican actors and actresses of Old Hollywood please contribute to the page itself.

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 10:12 AM

Other prominent Hollywood Republicans or supporters of the GOP that I can think of were (in alphabetical order): Jack Benny ('70s), Ethel Barrymore (supported the GOP during the '20s), Constance Bennett, Barbara Billingsley, Ann Blyth, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Bowman, Clarence Brown, Frank Capra, Joan Caulfield, Arlene Dahl, Yvonne DeCarlo, Walt Disney, Victor Fleming, John Gavin, Lillian Gish, Jackie Gleason, George Hamilton, Ruth Hussey, Walter Huston (supporter during the '20s - highly doubtful after that), Anne Jeffreys, Al Jolson, Anna Lee, Harold Lloyd, Raymond Massey, Leo McCarey, Joel McCrea, Audrey Meadows, Jayne Meadows, Ethel Merman, Ray Milland, Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Dennis Morgan, Frank Morgan, Conrad Nagel, Fred Niblo, Eugene Pallette, Mary Pickford, Vincent Price (pre-'50s only), Tex Ritter, Morrie Ryskind, Robert Sterling. Gloria Swanson, Norman Taurog, Gene Tierney, Spencer Tracy (early on his career only), King Vidor, Jack Webb, Sam Wood, and Teresa Wright

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 01:00 PM

Some others I couldn't add due to size restrictions: Rex Allen, Leon Ames, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Ann-Margret, Richard Arlen, Pearl Bailey, Wallace Beery, William Bendix, Edgar Bergen, Janet Blair, Ray Bolger, Pat Boone, Rory Calhoun, Leo Carillo, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Cohn, Ray Collins, Chuck Connors, Wendell Corey, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp, Ken Curtis, Fred DeCordova, Frances Dee, William Demarest, Andy Devine, Richard Dix, Brian Donlevy, Joanne Dru, James Drury, Don Dubbins, Jimmy Durante, Anthony Eisley, Dale Evans, Nanette Fabray, Greer Garson, Collen Gray, Porter Hall, June Haver, Virginia Grey, Howard Hawks, Gloria Holden, Jeffrey Hunter, Buster Keaton, Otto Kruger, Paul Lukas, David Manners, Tony Martin, Colleen Moore, Constance Moore, Ken Murray, Mae Murray, Lloyd Nolan, Fess Parker, Hal Peary, Gene Raymond, Dale Robertson, Buddy Rogers, Randolph Scott, Preston Sturges, Forrest Tucker, Harry von Zell, Clint Walker, Raquel Welch, Alan Young, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 05:18 PM

More: Nick Adams, John Agar, Gracie Allen, Don Ameche, Warner Anderson, Robert Arthur, Anne Baxter (IMDb says so - couldn't find any evidence otherwise), Louise Beavers, Lucille Bremer, George Burns, Bruce Cabot, James M. Caine (my source says James Caine - not sure if it was a typo or not), George Chandler, Borden Chase, Nancy Davis (duh! :-), Dennis Day, Troy Donahue, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Alice Faye (was a Democrat early on in her career), Frank Freeman, William Gargan, Lee Garmes, Tay Garnett, Cedric Gibbons, Kathryn Grayson, Phil Harris, Irene Hervey, Rupert Hughes, Charles Koerner, William Lundigan, Jock Mahoney, Eddie Mannix, Frances Marion, Andrew V. McLaglen, Terry Moore, Tommy Noonan, Lucille Norman, Ozzie Nelson, John Payne, Zasu Pitts, William Powell, Joyce Randolph, Burt Reynolds (at least during the '60s), Mark Sandrich, Leon Schlesinger, Martha Tilton, Dimitri Tiomkin, Rudy Vallee, W.S. Van Dyke, Lucille Watson, Cobina Wright, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Richard D. Zanuck.

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Larry Talbot

17 Oct 14, 11:49 AM

Not finished yet: Marge and Gower Champion, Sammy Davis, Jr. (post-1960), John Derek, Marie Dressler, Edie Adams, Chad Everett, Steve Forrest, Eva Gabor, Janet Gaynor, Sam Goldwyn (at least the "Ike" years), D. W. Griffith, William Haines, Ty Hardin, Robert Horton, Allan Jones, Robert Hutton, Victor Jory, Howard Keel, Brian Kieth, Ruta Lee, Mervyn LeRoy, A.C. Lyles, Gordon MacRae, Guy Madison, Dean Martin, Mary Martin, Victor Mature, Steve McQueen, Patricia Medina, Dina Merrill, Agnes Moorehead, Maidie Norman, Jane Powell, Ella Raines, Aldo Ray, Lizabeth Scott, Jill St. John, Regis Toomey, and Clifton Webb.

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cinemanut

19 Apr 13, 01:16 AM

Somewhat interesting list. Though I have to say Cagney was considered a subversive in the 30's and 40's. Sinatra was liberal until the 1970's. Heston marched in Washington D.C in 1963, Vivien Leigh, well she was British so American politics is out for her, Gardner stumped for Stevenson in the 50's, Lucy Ball had to prove her loyalty in the 50's as she was almost blacklisted when I Love Lucy was just getting started and John Ford put DeMille in his place at the DGA meeting in the early 50's regarding loyalty oaths. Some like Van Heflin, Jerry Lewis, Liz Taylor, Marie Windsor, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Totter I've never heard of being left, right or center when it came to politics. This list is just a little off.



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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 08:37 AM

Cagney, Sinatra, J. Ford, and Heston were indeed Democrats in good standing at one time, but changed their tunes later on (Glenn Ford falls in this group, I believe) . Windsor was an outspoken conservative, supporting Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Reagan during the '80s. Regarding the latter, there are documented supportive letters from her to him while he was president. Jerry Lewis has always shunned politics during his career, though I believe he made a disparaging remark about George W. Bush once on Larry King's show on CNN. I have heard Audrey Totter was a Republican recently. I have no idea about Joan Fontaine or Van Heflin. Like you, I always assumed Ava Gardner was a Democrat and still believe that's the case. Lucille Ball is a question mark post-1940s. I don't know if she changed politically or decided to hide her ideological bent to further her career.

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mfarish

14 Jan 12, 01:43 PM

I just ran across your blog post.  I think you may have to do a fact check on Gene Kelly who was described by his wife Betsy Blair as a left wing Democrat.   I also know John Ford was a big time Reagan supporter, but in the '30s was a strong New Deal Democrat and supporter of Popular Front causes, as was Reagan.  If someone used to be a Democrat, do they get to be on both lists?

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 08:38 AM

Kelly was indeed a noted and prominent Democrat for years

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jamesjazzguitar

12 Jun 11, 03:05 PM

John Wayne is listed third on the list between Steward and Murphy.


Now I found the mention of Paulette Goddard interesting.   She was married to Chaplin and he wasn't a conservative.  Some would even go as far as saying he was a communist.     Maybe that was in her later years?    Interesting.


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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 08:55 AM

I was very surprised when I heard this about her myself, since she was a Democrat during the '30s and '40s. It's possible she changed parties later on, of course.

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mshduke

12 Jun 11, 02:33 PM

Good Grief...you failed to mention one of the leading Republicans after Reagan and George Murphy.....JOHN WAYNE

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12 Jun 11, 12:25 PM

Very interesting post.  Thanks!

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colormeclassic

12 Jun 11, 12:59 AM

James Cagney was a democrat for many years, but in his 50's and upon the end of the 1950's or early 60's changed his position to Republican. This I have read in a few different articles  about him. 

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ChandlerSwain

11 Jun 11, 09:41 PM

The previous comment should read "I cannot understand the problem in presenting facts which happen to have a political basis in Old Hollywood..." I still hate the fact that we can't correct our comments after the fact. Sorry about that.

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ChandlerSwain

11 Jun 11, 09:01 PM

I think this is a very interesting list especially in light of the checkered history of Hollywood, where indeed politics played a major role in what they did and how they did it. (The history of unionization of Hollywood alone is impossible to approach without a political context.)Ward Bond was famous for being a right-wing Republican of such fiercely conservative views, it almost  made his great friend John Wayne stand back in amazement. (Love Ward Bond, by the way.) I cannot understand in presenting facts which happen to have a political basis in old Hollywood, unless it discredits the notions that all Republicans eat puppies for breakfast (Which is not true, we eat them for lunch.) as supported by the many unfair and erroneous shots that have been taken on this site toward either Republicans or Conservatives, without a word of protest from anyone here. That is, of course, unless it's discomforting to be reminded that someone who might be admired, say Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor or William Holden, is one of....them!!"Yojimbo" (1961) Just a spectator, watching the sparks fly in both directions, signifying nothing.

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 08:58 AM

I don't know how much of a Republican Elizabeth Taylor was. She registered as one when she was married to John Warner, but that might have just been for political expediency only.

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Thrift_Store_Junkie

11 Jun 11, 08:39 PM

Silent movie star Corinne Griffith was not only one of the richest women in the world when she had passed away in 1979, but was also among the most prominent forces in Republican politics in California.

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hepclassic

11 Jun 11, 08:12 PM

This is an informative list, but here, we try to leave politics out of our appreciation of the artistry they contribute to the film industry. Politics don't matter here as much as it does on other sites. We all share our love of classic movies, whether we are Republican or not doesn't matter.

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Larry Talbot

16 Oct 14, 09:06 AM

Agreed. I definitely wouldn't want this forum to devolve into partisan warfare as is often the case on the Internet.

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Larry Talbot

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