Myron Coureval Fagan

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Myron Coureval Fagan (31 October 1887 - 12 May 1972) was an American writer, producer and director for film and theatre and a red scare figure in the late 1940s and 50s. Fagan was an ardent anti-communist.

Career[edit]

Fagan arrived on Broadway in 1907, where he quickly became one of the youngest playwrights in American Theater. Over the years, he worked in the theater with, among others, Alla Nazimova, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Barrymore. He also directed plays for the producers such as Charles Frohman, David Belasco. Fagan also became the dramatic editor of the Associated Newspapers. Many of the actors including Humphrey Bogart, Brian Donlevy and Robert Ryan whom Fagan directed or who appeared in his plays or screen adaptions, later became stars in Hollywood.

In 1916 Fagan took a break from the theater to serve as Director of Public Relations for Republican Presidential candidate Charles Evans Hughes. When a similar offer was made in 1928 to him by Herbert Hoover he turned it down.

In 1929 the talking picture version of his play "The Great Power" earned the dubious record of being the shortest run of any movie at the Capitol Theatre, New York. It was replaced with a silent comedy film after only one performance.[1]

He moved to Hollywood in 1930, where he served as a writer and director with Pathe Pictures, Inc., then owned by Joseph P. Kennedy, and also at 20th Century Fox, and other Hollywood Film Studios.

Anti-communism[edit]

In 1945, Fagan claimed he saw secret documents of the meetings in Yalta, shown to him by author John T. Flynn, that led him to write the plays Red Rainbow, and Thieves Paradise. Written in 1945, Red Rainbow portrays Roosevelt, Stalin and others in Yalta plotting to deliver the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Berlin to Stalin. Left-wing groups in the New York opposed the production of the play and Fagan had difficulties getting financial backing to produce it. Fagan took the play to Hollywood where he encountered even more protests against it than he had in New York.

In the late 1940s Fagan launched a one-man crusade against what he claimed was a "Red Conspiracy in Hollywood". Out of this crusade would come the Cinema Education Guild.[2]

In 1953, Red Rainbow was produced by Bruce Fagan and staged for 16 performances at the Royal Theatre [3] between 14 September and 26 September.[4]

Written two years later, Thieves Paradise portrays the same group plotting to create the United Nations as a Communist front for one world government.[5]

Despite opposition, Thieves Paradise opened at the Las Palmas Theatre in Hollywood on December 26, 1947. It starred Howard Johnson[6] who was subject to a campaign of harassment so bitter and intense that it sent him to St. Vincent's Hospital with a nervous breakdown after six performances and never made another movie in Hollywood. Thieves Paradise was also produced and staged at the El Patio theatre in Hollywood in April, 1948. It opened on April 12,[7] and, despite protest against it, was able to complete its run.

Pamphleteer[edit]

From this period onward Fagan did not produce any further work for stage or screen, instead he wrote anti-communist and racist pamphlets, such as "Hollywood Reds are On the Run",[8] and bulletins for the remainder of his life.

The Eleventh Report of the Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities of the California Legislature said this of Fagan's anti-Communist lists,

But those who realized their mistake and left the front organizations in disgust and disillusionment are often still carried as subversives on the Fagan lists, and therein lies the danger from any unofficial organization that undertakes to publish lists of alleged subversive organizations and individuals. They do not have the facilities, nor the authority, nor the experience to handle these matters in an expert fashion and therefore they produce an enormous amount of harm by falsely accusing individuals who are not only loyal but who have profited greatly by their unfortunate experiences in having been lured into Communist-front groups.[9]

Conspiracy[edit]

Between 1967 and 1968 Fagan recorded The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations, three LP records allegedly documenting the activities of a secret society known as "The Illuminati" [10] which were produced by Anthony J. Hilder.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to actress Minna Gombell, who starred in many of his productions.

Death[edit]

Myron C. Fagan died on 12 May 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Credits[edit]

Plays[edit]

1923 Thumbs Down
1924 Two Strangers From Nowhere
1925 Mismates
1926 The Little Spitfire
1927 Jimmie's Women
1928 A Great Power
1929 Indescretion
1930 Nancy's Private Affair
1930 Peter Flies High
1953 A Red Rainbow

Source: Internet Broadway Database[12]

Motion pictures[edit]

1926 Mismates (writer)
1929 The Great Power (writer, editor and cinematographer)
1931 Smart Woman (writer, adapted from his play 'Nancy's Private Affair')
1931 A Holy Terror (writer)

Source: Internet Movie Database[13]

Books and articles[edit]

1932 Nancy's Private Affair, A comedy in three acts
1932 Peter Flies High, A comedy in three acts
1934 The Little Spitfire, A comedy-drama in three acts
1948 Red stars in Hollywood: Their helpers, fellow travelers, and co-conspirators
1948 Moscow over Hollywood (published by R.C. Cary, Los Angeles)
1949 Moscow marches on in Hollywood (News-bulletin/Cinema Educational Guild)
1950 Reds in the Anti-Defamation League (Cinema Educational Guild. News-bulletin, May 1950)
1950 Reds in "crusade for freedom!" (News bulletin)
1950 Hollywood reds are on the run!
1950 Documentation of the Red stars in Hollywood.
1950 Reds in the Anti-Defamation League.
1951 What is this thing called anti-semitism? (News-bulletin / Cinema Educational Guild)
1951 Saga of Operation Survival (News-bulletin / Cinema Educational Guild)
1953 Hollywood backs U.N. conspiracy
1954 Red Treason on Broadway (Cinema Educational Guild)
1956 United Nations "on trial" in Washington, D.C (News-bulletin)
1962 Must we have a Cuban "Pearl Harbor?" (News-bulletin / Cinema Educational Guild)
1964 How Hollywood is brainwashing the people (News-bulletin / Cinema Educational Guild)
1964 Civil rights, most sinister tool of the great conspiracy (News-Bulletin)
1965 How greatest white nations were mongrelized, then negroized: That is the fate planned for the American people (News-bulletin)
1966 The UN already secret government of U.S.!: Our recall project can smash it! (News-bulletin)
1966 The complete truth about the "United Nations" conspiracy! (News-bulletin)
1967 You must decide fate of our nation!!!: The Negro (CFR) plot is our greatest menace! (News-bulletin)
1969 Proofs of the great conspiracy and how to smash it!!! (News-bulletin / Cinema Educational Guild)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mordaumt Hall (1929). "THE SCREEN; Silence Wins". New York Times Review. 
  2. ^ Cinema Educational Guild
  3. ^ Royale Theatre
  4. ^ "A Red Rainbow". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Illuminati, The New World Order & Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists (PCTs)". Skeptics Society. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  6. ^ actor Howard Johnson
  7. ^ April 12th
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Ellis, Bill (2000). Raising the Devil: Satanism, new religions and the media. University Press of Kentucky. p. 133. 
  11. ^ Discogs Myron Fagan* – Illuminati - C.F.R. (The Council On Foreign Relations) Volume 1 - 3
  12. ^ "Internet Broadway Database - Myron C. Fagan". League of American Theatres and Producers. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Myron C. Fagan". IMDb. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 

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