In Richard Condon’s 1959 political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, the son of a prominent political family is brainwashed by the Communists into being a secret assassin to further their massive conspiracy.

The 1962 movie, with Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, and Angela Lansbury in the lead roles, played right into America’s fevered anti-Communist Zeitgeist. Then, the Communists were atheists intent on dominating the…