Specifically careful examination of events in the years leading up to the film’s release, in combination with its characteristics and tones and the comparisons of real or perceived tactics exploited by both the Communist Party and Anti-Communist organizations as a result one begins to understand the fears plaguing the American public in the early stages of the Cold War. Undoubtedly events contributing to American’s fear of Communism are plentiful. However, we will focus on the dividing of Korea in 1945, Winston Churchill’s 1946 The Sinew of Peace speech, George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-four and other in class sources in order that we may better understand those themes and characteristics represented in The Red Menace.
The United States subsequent reactions to conditions in Asia at the end of World War II as Russian troops marched across Korea joining in their fight against Japan, occurring just weeks before the Japanese surrender, led to the shrewd division of Korea along the 38th parallel. Furthermore Russian troops arrived in Korea with a speed not expected by the United States military. As a result the United States hadn’t even...
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Then Hoover’s description of Communist tactics should not be surprising, very similar to those shown by Communists in the film The Red Menace and the book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Tactics described as feeding off the frustrations of their victims, like those of Bill Jones, the main characters in The Red Menace. While at the Office of Veteran’s Affairs Jones becomes frustrated and angry with the governments lack of action to protect veterans of the war against money scams prevalent in the post-war years. The film shows a man hanging out at the Veterans Affairs Office, waiting for some poor frustrated and angry veteran. Following Jones out of the building the man approaches him and offers sympathy for his plight. Unknowingly veteran Bill Jones has been caught up in the web of deceit that Hoover associates with the Communist party.
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