Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California, United States

Hollywood Black Friday Riot, 1945

Hollywood Black Friday is the name given, in the history of organized labor in the United States, to October 5, 1945. On that date, a six-month strike by the set decorators represented by the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU) boiled over into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios in Burbank, California.

The strikes helped the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 and led to the eventual break-up of the CSU and reorganization of the then rival International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) leadership.

Source: Los Angeles Morgue Files

Hollywood Black Friday Riot, 1945