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Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd and Robert Wagner Visit King Arthur

Two events in the early 1950's created a group of motion pictures set basically during the time of King Richard and the fictional King Arthur.

The first event were the witch hunts of "The House Committee on Un-American Activities". The committee's activities created an environment in the film industry that led to the "Black Listing" of alleged and actual members of the Communist Party. Even though joining that party was commond during the Second World War as the Soviet Union was our ally. This forced the major and minor studios and actors to look for "acceptable" work that indicated they were loyal Americans. For a look at the affect on members of the motion picture industry read my article on screen writer and novelist Guy Endore:

The second event was that prior to the Second World War American film studios had placed funds in British Banks that became frozen …