By Bernard Gordon

The Hollywood blacklist, which started within the overdue Nineteen Forties and ran good into the Nineteen Sixties, ended or curtailed the careers of thousands of individuals accused of getting ties to the Communist celebration. Bernard Gordon was once one in every of them. during this hugely readable memoir, he tells a engrossing insider's tale of what it was once prefer to be blacklisted and the way he and others persevered 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, even though, his is successful tale that comes with the movies "El Cid", "55 Days at Peking", "The skinny crimson 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 used to be the author and/or manufacturer, with impressive anecdotes approximately stars equivalent 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 crew of Philip Yordan and Samuel Bronston. In 1997, the Writers Guild of the USA 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 la.

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