The Hollywood Goldhart Files
Were there really Communists in Hollywood in the 1950s? Was it a “Witch Hunt”?
The year is 1950, and Alexis Goldhart, a legendary Hollywood movie star, has just completed the first TV episode of Goldine in Paradise in Hawaii. On a flight from Honolulu to Kona, her plane disappears over the ocean and is never heard from again. Davilia Randall, a famous Hollywood costume designer, and close friend, believes Alexis is not dead. Randall hires Jake Watts, a Beverly Hills private detective, to find her.
Jake interviews numerous people who knew Alexis, and finds she has kept extensive files and a diary of her experiences and activities since she first arrived in Hollywood. It appears some of her files include code names for Communists in Hollywood, and the files have been hidden in a secret room in a house high in the Hollywood Hills. Jake finds the room and takes the files to the Beverly Hill Police Department for examination. The files include details of left wing activities, and names of prominent Liberals and left wing persons—a few who actually are Communists—and were also active in promoting Communist fronts in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.
Unfortunately, the names and codes do not reveal names of currently active Communists.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Alexis was like many idealistic—but politically ignorant—Hollywood writers, directors and actors, and she was easily duped by the Communist PartyUSA(CPUSA). She was involved in some of the Communist fronts earlier in her career, but realized the true nature of brutal Communism, and has become politically inactive. Now, in 1950, she wants to write her memoirs, and come clean of the former activities she has come to regret. She plans to write her memoirs—and name names. This creates panic in the Communists—and former innocent Communist dupes—in Hollywood.
The CPUSA has put out the word—“The files must be found, and Alexis Goldhart must be discredited, and then destroyed.” However, no one has been able to find the most important Goldhart files—those that will reveal names of prominent Soviet-controlled Communist spies currently operating and dispensing propaganda in Hollywood.
From an obscure source on the island of Molokai in Hawaii, Jake finds Alexis’ plane was diverted to Venezuela.
Jake travels to Caracas and discovers Alexis is being held on the remote island of Crasqui, off the coast of Venezuela. Her captors are keeping her sedated while they search unsuccessfully for her personal files.
Unable to find them, they have decided to take her on a Russian trawler to Odessa in the Soviet Union for full interrogation. Once in the Soviet Union, the information of what she knows—and what she has told others about Hollywood Communists—will be extracted from her memory. The procedure they plan to use will not only destroy her mind, but will eventually kill her. Jake overhears Alexis’ captors reveal she is still on Crasqui Island, but time is running out, and he, and a team of CIA agents, must rescue her before the Russian Trawler sails.