• • Richard Collins
The Times (London) Collins and [Paul] Jarrico wore their political hearts more openly on their sleeves with Song of Russia, about an American conductor (Robert Taylor) touring Russia and falling for a pianist (Susan Peters). [....] Wartime relations with the Soviet Union were at their warmest and Song of Russia shows the country's people happy, well-fed and fashionably dressed. Clearly supporting the US Government's 1944 position, it was, for all its transparent propaganda, well received. But when the Cold War chilled it became one of the prime pieces of evidence in Senator Joseph McCarthy's attack on Hollywood. Ayn Rand gave a detailed, almost scene-byscene evisceration, describing how far from reality it was: Soviets, she claimed, smiled only in private or by accident.