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The Final Victim of the BlacklistJohn Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243729.001.0001

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(p.50) 3 Hollywood
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The Final Victim of the Blacklist
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Gerald Horne

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0003

John Howard Lawson loved trains. Perhaps his fondness for trains was generated by his fondness for Hollywood. It was in the pivotal year of 1928 that Lawson was employed by MGM “as one of the first dramatists imported from New York to meet the need of dialogue.” Sister Carrie defeated Lawson. The Flesh and the Devil was typical of the challenges presented by the transition to sound. The Pagan was a sensation globally. Dynamite was adapted from Lawson's sense of the Processional. The Lawsons would bounce between New York and Los Angeles and this trampoline-like odyssey and instability would eventuate in Lawson conclusively deciding to make a commitment—not only, finally, to his spouse but, in a life-transforming maneuver, to the Screen Writers Guild and the Communist Party.

Keywords:   John Howard Lawson, Hollywood, New York, Sister Carrie, The Flesh and the Devil, The Pagan, Dynamite, Screen Writers Guild, Communist Party

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