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Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten Hardcover – December 30, 1988

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The story of the Hollywood Tenscreenwriters, directors and one producer who went to prison for defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947has been told before in memoirs, histories and movies. Dick, author of The Star-Spangled Screen , takes a different tack; his 10 chapters closely analyze the writing career of each dissenter. Scriptwriter John Howard Lawson channeled his Marxist sympathies into fashioning star vehicles for James Cagney, that populist rebel against society. Ring Lardner Jr. was vilified by the media as an ingrate who forsook a country that bestowed fame on his humorist father; later he won an Oscar for the script of M*A*S*H. Novelist Dalton Trumbo ( Johnny Got His Gun ) survived prison to break the blacklist; in 1956 he embarrassed Hollywood's elite by winning an Oscar for The Brave One under a pseudonym. Yet most of the Ten found their creativity stymied, their career options limited by their notoriety. This insightful critical study lifts a veil off a period of blacklisting paranoia that lingered on until the mid-1960s.
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"Rescues the Hollywood Ten from their usual collective anonymity by individualizing their talents and their politics...Thoroughly researched and sharply written, the work concludes with a superb chronology/bibliography/filmography for each writer." -- Choice



"Most of the Ten found their creativity stymied, their career options limited by their notoriety. This insightful critical study lifts a veil off a period of blacklisting paranoia that lingered on until the mid-1960's." -- Publishers Weekly

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (December 30, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813116600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813116600
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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fbus26 Bernard F Dick, Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten (University of Kentucky Press, 1988)

"On October 30, 1947, the House Committee on Un-American Activities ("HUAC") concluded the first round of hearings on the alleged Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry. Hollywood was ordered to "clean its own house," and ten witnesses who had refused to answer questions about their membership in the Screen Writers Guild and the Communist party eventually received contempt citations. By 1950 the Hollywood Ten, as they quickly became known, were serving prison sentences ranging from six months to a year." -- Book Description

"Rescues the Hollywood Ten from their usual collective anonymity by individualizing their talents and their politics...Thoroughly researched and sharply written, the work concludes with a superb chronology/bibliography/filmography for each writer." -- Choice

There is no doubt, I like this book: The above review quote from Choice could not be more correct nor more to the point. I know from my own professional background how much work goes into this kind of venture, and I am all the more happy that Bernard Dick's effort came out so well. Congratulations, though a bit late... I personally find the material on Edward Dmytryk and Dalton Trumbo to be the most interesting, but this may simply reflect their life stories. All texts are top!

fbus26 - Bernard F Dick, Radical Innocence - 10 June 2012
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