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The Manchurian Candidate The Manchurian Candidate is a film about the second red scare in the 1950s Communism is being threatened in the United States after their takeover in Russia during the Cold War following World War II The character of Johnny Iselin closely portrays Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin who along with HUAC the CIA and the FBI blacklisted many notoriously leftist politicians and Hollywood peoples in an attempt to contain communism The CIA investigated the backgrounds of many former communist cardholders Their policy was guilty until proven innocent Johnny Iselin is a presidential candidate whose platform is based upon anti-communistic propaganda He accuses many intelligent and competent people of being Reds in order to bring incompetent people into office so that he could gain more power His wife who is also a communist was very influential in his campaign She is trying to raise him to power so that she can take over even thought this would never happen in 1950s society She manipulated both her husband and her son Raymond Shaw in order to gain power She is in control of the American Communist party and in order to keep her under their control they use her son Raymond as their pawn The Russian and Chinese communists use somnambulism to make Shaw commit monstrous acts via a game of solitaire with the Queen of Hearts being the trigger He kills his own wife her father who is Senator Jordan and the newspaper editor Gaynes The ultimate plan is to shoot Iselins opponent so that he will come into power but Raymonds mother has a better idea Shoot Johnny and then she will come into power Raymond decides to end this game of charades in his head by killing Iselin then Mrs Iselin then himself J Edgar Hoover director of the FBI was one of the head investigators against the communists He and McCarthy upset the American system of civil liberties and took
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