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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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Fighting—and Writing

Fighting—and Writing

(p.132) 8 Fighting—and Writing
The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Gerald Horne

University of California Press

As the face of Red Hollywood, John Howard Lawson was positioned strategically to be either bathed in warm sunlight or drenched in a cold rain as the political climate changed. It was hard to foresee that brutally cyclonic winds would come sweeping through Hollywood that would disrupt his carefully constructed existence. The personal example of Lawson would inspire other writers to move to the left. There was a general pressure faced by all writers in Hollywood and a special pressure faced by Communist writers. Lawson also had a starring role in the League of American Writers (LAW). The Hollywood chapter of the LAW was often stirred by angry debates over foreign policy that then carried over to the Screen Writers Guild (SWG)—thereby making more difficult the unity of writers. Four Sons was the most powerful picture yet at the time to introduce concerning events in Middle Europe.

Keywords:   John Howard Lawson, Red Hollywood, League of American Writers, foreign policy, Screen Writers Guild, Four Sons, Middle Europe

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