Chapter

From Hollywood to Broadway

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0004
From Hollywood to Broadway

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When John Howard Lawson arrived in Hollywood in 1928, he was “dead broke” and “had heavy debts.” His family decided not to return to Hollywood; with their newfound wealth, they “bought a house out near the Sound on Long Island.” Lawson, the proud avant-gardist, was now moving toward Marxism-Leninism. Success Story was an auspicious start for one of Lawson's few plays to be translated to cinema. It had obvious echoes of his own life: a Jewish man in New York torn between mammon and politics who treats women questionably. He was virtually unique in his ability to bounce between Broadway and Hollywood and maintain prominence in both. Lawson stated that Gentlewoman and The Pure in Heart were not closed by the public and were closed by an irresponsible dictatorship of critics. Lawson was near the pinnacle of success but nonetheless was anguished, distressed, and under siege.

Keywords: John Howard Lawson; Hollywood; Broadway; Success Story; Gentlewoman; The Pure in Heart; mammon; politics

Chapter.  6113 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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