Myron Coureval Fagan (October 31, 1887 - May 12, 1972) was a Jewish American writer, producer and director for film and theatre. He is noted as being an opponent against communism in Hollywood and Zionism in the Middle East. To this end Myron Fagan wrote dozens of pamphlets exposing these twin conspiracies.
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 such luminaries as Alla Nazimova, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Barrymore. He also directed plays for the top producers of the era such as Charles Frohman, David Belasco and others. 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.
He was married to actress Minna Gombell, who starred in many of his productions.
In 1916 Fagan took a break from the theater to served 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.
In the mid 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 Educational Guild and a series of anti-communist pamphlets. The culmination of this crusade would be the 1947 congressional hearings where more than 300 famous stars, writers, and directors from Hollywood, Radio, and TV were investigated, many of whom were blacklisted as Communists. These hearings resulted in the imprisonment of the Hollywood Ten.
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 Malta 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 were he encountered even more protests against it than he had in New York. "Red Rainbow"
Despite opposition, 'Thieves Paradise' opened at the Las Palmas Theatre in Hollywood on December 26, 1947. It starred actor Howard Johnson 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. Johnson's mother was also a subject of this campaign against him. These incidences were investigated and corroborated by both Actors' Equity and the American Board of Arbitration. Johnson, who had appeared in three films, 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 12th, and, despite protest against it, was able to complete its run. This is also mentioned in an anti-communist speech, Luxurious Hollywood made in the same theater, on December 9, 1948, by an unknown reputed Hollywood insider wearing a black mask and calling himself Mr. X.
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, 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."
Fagan's LPs were dubbed to compact cassette by a group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty. The recordings have since been copied to mp3 format and made freely available on the Internet.
Myron C. Fagan died on 12 May 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
|1924||Two Strangers From Nowhere|
|1926||The Little Spitfire|
|1928||A Great Power|
|1930||Nancy's Private Affair|
|1930||Peter Flies High|
|1953||A Red Rainbow|
Source: Internet Broadway Database
|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
Books and articles
|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 written by Myron Fagan using the pseudonym "Dan Gilbert", published by Cinema Educational Guild|
|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)|
Books and booklets
Many of these publications are described and listed for sale on Amazon.com.
- Robert Edward Edmondson
- Benjamin Freedman
- List of Jewish dissidents
- Moscow Over Hollywood
- Americanism Defense League
- Mordaumt Hall (1929). "THE SCREEN; Silence Wins". New York Times Review.
- List of Myron Fagan's Cinema Educational Guild pamphlets
- Myron Fagan's Illuminati and Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
- A Red Rainbow. Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
- Illuminati, The New World Order & Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists (PCTs). Skeptics Society. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
- Ellis, Bill (2000). Raising the Devil: Satanism, new religions and the media. University Press of Kentucky, 133.
- Internet Broadway Database - Myron C. Fagan. League of American Theatres and Producers. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
- Myron C. Fagan. IMDb. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.