A matter of 'priciple'! Why say he stood up because he couldn't stand down when it would be so much simpler to say he 'shut up rather than speak out'?
All he had to do was 'inform on friends'? I think he was called as a witness in front of the House to testify as to what he knew about the Communist Party and influence from the Soviet Union over business in Hollywood. It seems Dalton was an excellent choice for this, as a member of the Communist Party and having written about successful efforts to stop films condeming tyranny from production (the irony is really rich here).
I am not that concerned with his communist sympathies, but they certainly don't entitle him to refuse to answer questions from Congress. His crime wasn't one of 'speaking his own mind' but of refusing to testify as a witness.
You write on Veterans Day, reference men dying to preserve freedom, the American Spirit.....to champion a man who would not testify about Soviet influence in this country (before, during and following WWII).......the same Soviets who at the time were constructing the Iron Curtain to what....... preserve freedom? What a hero!
Looking forward to many hate-filled irrational rants from all you resurgent neo-stalinists, sorry, progressives.