Why the FBI thought "It's a Wonderful Life" was communist propaganda & Tragedy of Sandy Hook anniversary sparks solemn event in Tampa

12/13/13 Robert Lorei
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Tags: It's A Wonderful Life, Dr. John Noakes, gun safety, Sandy Hook


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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Dr. John Noakes, associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning at Arcadia University about why the FBI considered the film "It's a Wonderful Life" communist propaganda in 1947. Dr. Noakes discussed in an article that "the FBI thought "Life" smeared American values such as wealth and free enterprise while glorifying anti-American values such as the triumph of the common man."

Later Rob speaks with C.L. Townsend of Organizing for Action Tampa Bay and Desmond Key, president of Grant Park Civic Association about an event they are hosting tomorrow to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary and the thousands of gun violence related deaths since then. It will be held at Grant Park Community Center at 9:30 AM.

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FBI Considered "It's A Wonderful Life" Communist Propaganda

You can reference one of Dr. Noakes articles by using this information:

Noakes, J. (1998). "Bankers and common men in Bedford Falls: How the FBI determined that It’s a Wonderful Life was a Subversive Movie." Film History, 10:311-319.

The Jimmy Kimmel show featured a clip called "Fox News presents Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls”.

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