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High Noon 15 October 05

Section: article

Categories: Film / dvd-mine


The Day of the Jackal

Hollywood Blacklisting during the McCarthy Era

It is difficult to imagine what our father, the film–maker Carl Foreman, would have made of the honorary Oscar awarded to Elia Kazan this week. The Hollywood director had been a whistle–blower during the McCarthy witch–hunt of the 1950s. Carl Foreman was among those whose careers were damaged during this zealous hunt for reds under the bed.[...]

Carl Foreman was typical of the 500 or so victims of the Hollywood blacklist. [...]

True loyalty could only be established by co–operation with the committee – by naming names – even if they had already been named before. For a working–class boy from Chicago, becoming a “rat” was not an option: when pressed to name others whom he knew to be current or former members of the Communist Party, our father, unlike Kazan, refused. He was immediately blacklisted by the studio cartel. For six years, between 1952 and 1958, he could not get any work unless he wrote anonymously or under a pseudonym – and then for vastly reduced fees. (read article →)

wikipedia: Blacklisted artists

Title: High Noon

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Written by: John W. Cunningham, Carl Foreman

Starring: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh

Original score: Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography: Floyd Crosby

Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Year: 1952

  • Title: High Noon