Anti-Communist hysteria had a wide-ranging impact on Hollywood across the postwar
period. As writers, directors and stars came under the scrutiny of the House
Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) due to the content of their films and their
political activities, careers were interrupted indefinitely and Hollywood‘s ability
to promote cultural change in the new era following World War II was severely
hampered. Frank Sinatra‘s heavy involvement in liberal politics during this period
illustrates the problems confronting the American film industry as it attempted to
address the country‘s imperfections.