By Bernard F. Dick

On October 30, 1947, the home Committee on Un-American actions concluded the 1st around of hearings at the allege Communist infiltration of the movie undefined. Hollywood used to be ordered to "clean its personal house," and ten witnesses who had refused to reply to questions on their club within the reveal Writers Guild and the Communist social gathering finally acquired contempt citations. by way of 1950 the Hollywood Ten, as they quick turned recognized, have been serving criminal sentences starting from six months to a 12 months. considering the fact that that point the gang, which integrated writers, administrators, and a manufacturer, were both disregarded as hacks or eulogized as chilly conflict martyrs, yet by no means have they been mentioned when it comes to their profession.

Radical Innocence is the 1st examine to target the paintings of the 10: their brief tales, performs, novels, feedback, poems, memoirs, and, after all, their movies. Drawing on myriad assets, together with archival fabrics, unpublished manuscripts, black-market scripts, screenplay drafts, letters, and private interviews, Bernard F. Dick describes the Ten's survival strategies through the blacklisting and analyzes the contribution of those ten contributors no simply to movie but in addition to the humanities. Radical Innocence captures the character of every of the 10 -- the smug Herbert J. Biberman, the witty Ring Lardner, Jr., the patriarchal Samuel Ornitz, the compassionate Adrian Scott, and the feisty Dalton Trumbo.

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