Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist (Texas Film and Media Studies Series)

By Bernard Gordon

The Hollywood blacklist, which all started within the overdue Forties and ran good into the Nineteen Sixties, ended or curtailed the careers of thousands of individuals accused of getting ties to the Communist occasion. Bernard Gordon was once considered one of them. during this hugely readable memoir, he tells a engrossing insider's tale of what it used to be wish to be blacklisted and the way he and others persisted to paintings un-credited behind the curtain, writing and generating many field place of work hits of the period. Gordon describes how the blacklist lower brief his screenwriting profession in Hollywood and compelled him to paintings in Europe. paradoxically, notwithstanding, his is a hit tale that incorporates the movies "El Cid", "55 Days at Peking", "The skinny pink Line", "Krakatoa East of Java", "Day of the Triffids", "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers", "Horror Express", and so on. He recounts the making of many video clips for which he was once the author and/or manufacturer, with magnificent anecdotes approximately stars corresponding to Charlton Heston, David Niven, Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner, and James Mason; administrators Nicholas Ray, Frank Capra, and Anthony Mann; and the producer-studio head workforce of Philip Yordan and Samuel Bronston. In 1997, the Writers Guild of the US begun publicly re-crediting screenplays to their blacklisted authors. Bernard Gordon's identify has seemed extra frequently than the other. Now retired after a thirty-year profession, he lives in l. a..

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I passed the pages to Leo who learn via them speedy, handed them to the opposite . the following i used to be, ready back for approval of my script! After the others comprehensive examining, having not anything to claim, Leo stated, “Okay. stable. i will use this superb. ” Leo used the situation to stable impression. He brilliantly impeached the testimony of the police and located the gynecologist a useful help. With the trial nearly over after the second one day, he and that i have been in a position to go back to l. a., leaving the ultimate summation to the neighborhood lawyers. We have been convinced of an acquittal. day after today, Leo referred to as to inform me that Osceola have been acquitted. Osceola McClinton was once instantly published from custody, and it appeared the problem used to be closed. 4 years later, after many alterations in my very own existence, i made a decision to return to Bakersfield to benefit what extra i'll in regards to the humans and occasions I had investigated. i presumed there has been a narrative in it, even a movie. I drove as much as Bakersfield and started my look for the solutions I felt I had overlooked the 1st time round. I spent one other sizzling day in Bakersfield using round and speaking to a couple of girls who have been wildly amused at how I had misunderstood everything—but every thing! —about the location that had existed the following these years in the past. the tale i eventually prepare used to be that Osceola were a celebrity basketball participant at the neighborhood junior university staff and used to be loved for this via humans either Black and White; that he had joined a dramatic society on the university (which additionally admitted outsiders), that's how he had turn into familiar with Lela Shanley, who additionally performed at being an actress within the workforce; that he and Lela had develop into enthusiasts; this used to be popular and had long past on for fairly it slow. It used to be hinted that the alcoholic and perverted husband had inspired the connection or even attempted to rearrange to witness the lovemaking. To my astonished questions of why nobody had pop out with those evidence on the time of the trial, I basically acquired loud and realizing laughter. To today, i've been questioned and feature merely been capable of speculate approximately what this intended, approximately why McClinton, a guy principally approved through the neighborhood White neighborhood, can be certain a White court docket in Bakersfield, California, might by no means railroad him to legal. I don’t recognize if he ever understood that with the exception of a few good fortune on my half and an excellent activity through Leo Branton, he may most likely have long past up for 50 years. In any occasion, it gave the impression of the giggle used to be on me. Ruefully, I needed to research my satisfaction within the paintings I had performed as an investigator in my one actual legal case. From 1953 to 1955 I labored with Jack Burke as an investigator, yet I interrupted my efforts to degree skid marks and photo bent fenders or broken limbs whilst i used to be employed via Schneer and Sam Katzman to do a rewrite of The Earth Vs. the alien craft. I had discovered through now that it used to be no longer essential to use a “front” like John Williams, that it was once easier to exploit the identify “Ray Marcus” and append my very own social defense quantity. This used to be completely criminal and performed often for numerous purposes; it was once common for somebody to have a couple of identify below a similar social protection quantity.

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