Further correcting an injustice done to some of Hollywood’s busiest writers during the Red scare in the 1940s through the 1960s, the Writers Guild of America West on Tuesday released official corrections to the writing credits on some 23 films produced during that period.
The corrections, based on exhaustive research by the Guild and outside sources, follow official Guild guidelines for correcting credits marred by the use of pseudonyms and/or “fronts.” Those practices were made necessary by the practice of blacklisting writers, directors and others accused of Communist sympathies or refusing to testify against suspected colleagues during the years of the blacklist in Hollywood.
Produced throughout a period of 22 years, the films contained in the last corrections list run the gamut from A-list (such as 1952’s “Ivanhoe,” starring Robert Taylor, and 1957’s Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr weeper “An Affair to Remember”) on down. The earliest film corrected is 1950’s “Chain Lightning,” and the last is 1972’s “The Horror Express,” produced by Granada TV in Britain.
Two other films, written by Bernard Gordon, have merited correction as well, based on additional research the Guild has done on those titles: “The Case Against Brooklyn” from 1958 and “Chicago Confidential,” from 1957.