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Some of those shut out of the industry weren't even actual Communists, but ran into them as part of broader leftist activities. Character actor Lionel Stander, for example, became an actor in order to support his extravagant lifestyle; when the film jobs disappeared, he waited out the studios on the stock market. "It seems that if my face or figure got on the screen, so delicate was the balance of the American socioeconomic and political scene at the time that I would throw the thing right off the tightrope," he recalls drolly. "But I could go to Wall Street and invest the savings of widows and orphans with impunity." At turns mirthful and tragic, Tender Comrades presents an unfiltered perspective on the cold war that should be studied by anyone interested in the effects of a government persecuting its own people. --Ron Hogan
I had the opportunity to work with Kim Ornitz, whose grandfather, Samuel Ornitz was part of the Hollywood ten, and he gave me this book to review. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Dorothy
It has been nearly 50 years since the Hollywood blacklist and they just can't get over what happened. Read morePublished on March 6, 2004 by M. Rogan
I love this book. Its first person accounts by the courageous men and woman who fought valiantly for social justice and economic equality for all people, and stood strong against... Read morePublished on November 16, 2002