Life (and Death) on the Blacklist

Reynold Humphries

in Hollywood's Blacklists

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624553
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651153 | DOI:
Life (and Death) on the Blacklist

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In December 1950, just weeks before the House Committee on Un-American Activities's (HUAC) return to Hollywood, there opened a film that was one of the Left's most remarkable and prescient criticisms of the way American society was going – and one of the last: The Sound of Fury, written by Jo Pagano and directed by Cyril Endfield, whose previous film The Underworld Story was an extended allegory on witch hunting. J. Edward Bromberg, Mady Christians, John Garfield, Canada Lee and Philip Loeb did not have the opportunity to live out the blacklist. Fortunately, the vast majority of HUAC's victims were healthy. All they had to endure was a form of ‘living death’: their transformation into non-persons.

Keywords: HUAC; blacklist; Hollywood; Left; Sound of Fury; witch hunting; J. Edward Bromberg; Mady Christians; John Garfield; Canada Lee

Chapter.  7197 words. 

Subjects: Film

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