The Blacklist. Sixty-six years ago the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)¬†began a nine day hearing on Communist influence and propaganda in Hollywood, resulting in the boycotting, or blacklisting, of 300 actors, directors, radio commentators, and¬† screenwriters. Those called before HUAC had been named in a Hollywood Reporter column written by the trade paper’s founder, Williams Wilkerson entitled “A Vote For Joe Stalin.” In subsequent columns, Wilkerson named others he suspected of being commies and pinkos.