In 1960, two movies, not made for money, sought to negatively influence the public opinion of Christianity. These movies, “Inherit the Wind” and “Elmer Gantry,” going hand-in-hand with the counter cultural movements of the 60s, led the conservative movement to go ‘underground’. This ultimately gave rise to a conservative movement’s comeback in the late 1970s. The flagships of the conservative movement that broke the silence of the underground were the magazines The Freeman and National Review. Anti-communism sentiment gave rise to pro-conservative economics that are still present in America today.
Be sure to check out Michael Medved’s Book Hollywood Versus America, 2011.
Other books mentioned were Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative, 1960.
- Why Christian Movies Are Rarely Either Christian or Profitable, Gary North, 2012.
- A Non-Nostalgic Recap of the 1960s, Gary North, 2006.
- The Hollywood of the Eisenhower Years had so many heroes behind the cameras who made . . . .