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 Post subject: September 19, 1952 Charlie Chaplin and Herbert Hoover.
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September 19, 1952 The United States bars film legend Charlie Chaplin from reentering the country after a trip to England until he is investigated by the Immigration Services after pressure was applied by then FBI director Herbert Hoover.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin

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Although Chaplin had his major successes in the United States and was a resident from 1914 to 1952, he always retained his British nationality. During the era of McCarthyism, Chaplin was accused of "un-American activities" as a suspected communist sympathiser; and J. Edgar Hoover, who had instructed the FBI to keep extensive secret files on him, tried to end his United States residency. FBI pressure on Chaplin grew after his 1942 campaign for a second European front in the war, and reached a critical level in the late 1940s, when Congressional figures threatened to call him as a witness in hearings. This was never done, probably from the fear of Chaplin's ability to lampoon the investigators.

In 1952, Chaplin left the US for what was intended as a brief trip home to England; Hoover learned of it and negotiated with the INS to revoke his re-entry permit. Chaplin then decided to stay in Europe, and made his home in Vevey, Switzerland. He briefly returned to the United States in April 1972, with his wife, to receive an Honorary Oscar. Even though he was invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy Awards), he was only issued a one-time entry visa valid for a period of two months. However, by this time the animosities towards the now elderly and apolitical Chaplin had faded, and his visit was a triumphant success.


Although rarely talked about there was a lot of collusion between Joe McCarthy and Herbert Hoover. Many of the communists “outted” by the McCarthy committee were just rumors and gossip about people passed on by Hoover. Some believe this allowed Hoover to exact retribution without being directly involved. Hoover and McCarthy both believed that criticism of the country and specifically their actions meant you were unpatriotic. Sound like any current situation?

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Wasn't Reagan a self appointed rat also? No wonder he was blacklisted in Hollywood in the 60's and president of the country in the 80's. He was hated by his peers and loved by his fellow rats in power.

Chaplin had made a bad name for himself with Hoover in the 30's when Herbert was a lesser official, but he never forgot Chaplin. Modern Times was the trigger that marked Chaplins sentiments for the little guy. That scene of him waving the red flag in front of the labor parade was priceless and a statement Chaplin could never play down. He was a brave man and showed how much he loved humanity. Don't forget that it was the depression era, a moment when the obvious nature of vulture capitalism showed its true ugliness.

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Now we've got Bush, Cheney, Chertoff, Rumsfeld, Rice, right wing talk radio, Faux News, the churches, etc....

The 1930s meets the 21st century....too bad we've made such little progress.

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