Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist

Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist

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The Hollywood blacklist, which began in the late 1940s and ran well into the 1960s, ended or curtailed the careers of hundreds of people accused of having ties to the Communist Party. Bernard Gordon was one of them. In this highly readable memoir, he tells a engrossing insider's story of what it was like to be blacklisted and how he and others continued to work uncredited behind the scenes, writing and producing many box office hits of the era. Gordon describes how the blacklist cut short his screenwriting career in Hollywood and forced him to work in Europe. Ironically, though, his is a success story that includes the films El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, The Thin Red Line, Krakatoa East of Java, Day of the Triffids, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Horror Express, and many others. He recounts the making of many movies for which he was the writer and/or producer, with wonderful anecdotes about stars such as Charlton Heston, David Niven, Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner, and James Mason; directors Nicholas Ray, Frank Capra, and Anthony Mann; and the producer-studio head team of Philip Yordan and Samuel Bronston.I wrote a script that Irving shot, using the locals as actors, and millions of trout in great breeding tanks for splendid photography. ... I told a variety of personal stories about kids coming up as rookies and old timers who had once played in the World Series but were now reduced to playing ... I well recall the night I tookJeanie and Ellen to Hollywood Boulevard to look at the marquee of the Egyptian Theateranbsp;...


Title:Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist
Author: Bernard Gordon
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2013-04-15
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