In a 2009 edition of the long-running Uncommon Knowledge TV series, Peter Robinson explored the collapse of the studio system of Hollywood’s golden age, and how it Hollywood was devoured by the New Left of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with the late Andrew Breitbart:
Peter: The studio system ended, what bearing did that have on the politics?
Andrew: Well there were people, actors have always been held in low regard by society and the businessmen who ran the studios cleaned up after their messes around town. I mean that is sort of the LA Confidential movie you know. That changed in the 1960s to a great extent, but I would attribute a majority of this to the cultural revolution in the late 1960s and at the end part of John Wayne’s career, he no longer had the swagger. He was 60 something years old, the movie were no longer original. They were doing the same hacking thing over and over and over and simultaneously you know, there is a youth revolution going on in the country and while the left was never able to take over the White House while George McGovern was not able to be victorious, Hollywood was taken over by the left and they have never relinquished it and in fact I would argue that the right has abrogated its place in Hollywood because they were told that you are not wanted here anymore and they never fought for it. So I don’t know who I have more contempt for, the left for its totalitarian behavior of those that disagree with them or the right the conservative movement just for allowing it to happen and not to fight back.
Instead, in the 1970s, this was were some of the swankiest stars of Hollywood’s golden age ended up.
Do I believe in purgatory? Of course I do — it was beamed into my home via TV every week in the 1970s.