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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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cinemanut

19 Apr 2013, 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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mfarish

14 Jan 2012, 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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jamesjazzguitar

12 Jun 2011, 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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mshduke

12 Jun 2011, 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 2011, 12:25 PM

Very interesting post.  Thanks!

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colormeclassic

12 Jun 2011, 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 2011, 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 2011, 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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Thrift_Store_Junkie

11 Jun 2011, 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 2011, 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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