September 06, 2005

Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz FBI Files

As noted in an earlier post, the Lucille Ball- Desi Arnaz FBI Files are also available on CD-Rom from the Paperless Archives.

142 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and archived on CD-ROM covering Lucille Ball. Files contain approximately 50 narrative pages. Compilation of the information in this file began after a 1953 House Committee on Un-American Activities hearing revealed that Miss Ball had registered to vote as a communist in 1936 at the insistence of her grandfather. Files chiefly cover the bureau seeking the level of involvement of Ball in Communist activity.

Also on the CD are 206 pages covering Desi Arnaz. Files contains approximately 115 narrative pages. Files are chiefly concerned with Desilu Productions' programing portraying the FBI, especially the TV show "The Untouchables." Files document the FBI being perturbed with Arnaz and his production company concerning the the TV show "The Untouchable." J. Edgar Hoover was able to get Arnaz to agree to not "invade FBI cases" again, such as the 25 year old "Ma" Barker case. Files show FBI concerns that the show would detract from the Warner Brothers motion picture, "The FBI Story," whose production had the cooperation of the bureau. Files show Hoover ordered the FBI's Crime Research Section to monitor every episode of "The Untouchables."

Order your CD-Rom from the Paperless Archives. 25% off all orders of $100 or more ends today, September 6, 2005!

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