History Shocker! Ayn Rand Helped FBI Find Communist Influence In ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

History Shocker! Ayn Rand Helped FBI Find Communist Influence In 'It's A Wonderful Life' Before War On Christmas 2013 fades into memory, let’s take a look at how the FBI examined a Christmas Classic for evidence of communist propaganda. According to a nifty article in Aphelis, Frank Capra’s tale of the redemptive power of sentimental glurge was listed as potentially subversive, as part of a widespread investigation into alleged communist influence in Hollywood — as if anyone needed to investigate such an obvious fact, haw haw!

And why would they worry about the potential communistical content of a dopey little movie about angels and guilt trips? They had some help from a professional anti-communist, of course!


Among the group who produced the analytical tools that were used by the FBI in its analysis of It’s a Wonderful Life was Ayn Rand … [who had also] published a similar report all by herself.

That little girl who no one liked… grew up to be Ayn Rand. And now you know the Rest Of The Story. Good day!

The consulting group’s fear was not that communist infiltrators in Hollywood would make movies calling openly for Marxist revolution, but rather that commies were trying, as one FBI document put it,

to corrupt non-political movies by introducing small casual bits of propaganda into innocent stories and to make people absorb the basic premises of Collectivism by indirection and implication. Few people would take Communism straight, but a constant stream of hints, lines, touches, and suggestions battering the public from the screen will act like drops of water that will split a rock if continued long enough. The rock they are trying to split is Americanism.

You know, basically the same kind of analysis that has given us Glenn Beck freaking out about secret liberal messages in things like GE’s “Progressive Dishwasher” and a paint color named after Woodrow Wilson. The hidden communist propaganda in It’s a Wonderful Life was supposedly inserted by screenwriters Frances Goodrick and Albert Hackett, who according to an informant’s report to the FBI, “practically lived with known Communists” Lester Cole and Earl Robinson at some point prior to writing the film. As for the commie-tinged content of the film, the informant said

the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as “scrooge-type” so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.

In addition, [REDACTED] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.

After all, there’s no logical reason to make Mr. Potter a bad guy, according to [REDACTED]. In fact, it’s quite easy to imagine a much nicer version of Mr. Potter:

[REDACTED] related that if he had made this picture portraying the banker, he would have shown this individual to have been following the rules as laid down by the State Bank Examiners in connection with making loans. Further, [REDACTED] stated that the scene woundn’t have “suffered at all” in portraying the banker as a man who was protecting funds put in his care by private individuals and adhering to the rules governing the loan of that money rather than portraying the part as it was shown. In summary, [REDACTED] stated that it was not necessary to make the banker such a mean character and “I would never have done it that way”.

Yep, that [REDACTED] sure knew how to tell a compelling story! Not quite sure how, in that scenario, George Bailey would have seen a reason not to drown. Just reading the suggested alternate treatment has us headed for the nearest bridge.


But who knows, with a sequel in the works, maybe [REDACTED]’s vision can finally come to life. We just didn’t realize that Ted Cruz was working in Hollywood in the 1940s.

[Aphelis via Political Wire]

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