New Video! Boris Karloff And The Creation Of The Screen Actor's Guild

In this video essay presented by Mark Redfield, we look at the life and career of actor Boris Karloff, his struggle and path to become a professional actor, and the rise of the American Labor Movement, and particularly the beginning of The Screen Actors Guild in 1933.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) grew in membership and strength from its founding, to its merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), to become the largest and strongest Hollywood union. Today, SAG-AFTRA has over 160,000 members.

The American Labor Movement, and American’s embrace of unions to fight for their wages, protections, and working conditions is growing. But not yet at the levels of the 1930s. It is an ongoing battle.

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“Boris Karloff and the Creation of the Screen Actors Guild”
Approx 20 minutes.
Narrated, Written and Directed by Mark Redfield
Edited and Music Composed by Jennifer Rouse
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