The Marxist and the Movies: A Biography of Paul Jarrico

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EPILOGUE

People are dying and sources are drying up.

—Paul Jarrico, 1991

Some of the blacklisted writers, notably Albert Maltz and Paul Jarrico, were preternaturally watchful of the historical record regarding the blacklist. Their files are filled with drafts of letters to newspaper editors and letters to friends (and former friends) setting the record straight. They were the keepers of the blacklist historical flame. Their example has deeply influenced my own research and writing on this subject. I wrote in 1991,

The blacklist period was born and it thrived in the darkest, meanest
shadows of American politics. The historian, confronted with the
specters of government agents sneaking around Hollywood, hate
groups secretly compiling lists of “subversives,” and individuals
informing anonymously and secretly to save their careers at the
expense of others, should shine a glaring spotlight into every cor-
ner. Unless it means violating a confidence or gratuitously hurting
a living person, the historian should endeavor to fill in every blank
and clarify every obscurity.1

The largest and most obscure page in the blacklist story at the time I wrote those words was the huge number of movie and television scripts written behind fronts or under pseudonyms. But disclosing the identities of the actual authors turned out to be an enterprise

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Part 1- Screenwriting 1
  • 1- The Early Years 1915–36 3
  • 2- Screenwriting and Communism, 1936–39 25
  • 3- World War II, 1939–45 45
  • Part 2- Blacklist 81
  • 4- The Cold War in Hollywood, 1945–47 83
  • 5- The Interregnum, 1948–50 101
  • 6- The Blacklist Expands, 1951–52 117
  • 7- Salt of the Earth, 1952–54 137
  • 8- The Black Market and Khrushchev’s Speech, 1954–58 159
  • Part 3- Emigration 175
  • 9- Europe, 1958–75 177
  • 10- Political Battles, 1958–75 201
  • Part 4- Home Again 219
  • 11- Back in the USA, 1975–97 221
  • Epilogue 237
  • Filmography 243
  • Notes 255
  • Index 311
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