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Blacklist scribes get credit

Guild revisions now number 95 with recent additions

The Writers Guild of America West has corrected the credits for eight blacklisted writers on 14 films released between 1951 and 1964, including seven by the late Dalton Trumbo.

The Trumbo films include “Terror in a Texas Town,” “The Boss,” “The Green-Eyed Blonde,” “He Ran All the Way,” “The Brave One,” “Cowboy” and “The Prowler.” Trumbo, who died in 1976, used fronts on four of the movies and his name was omitted from the others.

“I’m very pleased that the WGA has done this,” said Trumbo’s son Christopher. “It’s worth noting that many of the movies are ones that I don’t believe he would have worked on had there not been a blacklist. It reflects that he had to write whatever was available.”

The blacklist grew out of the refusal by writers, directors, actors, producers and others to testify during the 1940s and 1950s before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about whether they were Communists and who they knew in Hollywood who was a Communist.

The latest corrections bring to 95 the number of films on which the union has revised the writing credits. The guild began that process in 1986.

Bernard Gordon, who received a revised story credit for 1964’s “Circus World,” said it represented the 10th credit he has now received from work he performed while on the blacklist.

“There are three others that the guild hasn’t gotten to yet,” he added. “It’s a very difficult and complicated process because you’re talking about things that happened 40 and 50 years ago.”

Gordon’s book about his life in Europe during the period –“Hollywood Exile, or, How I Learned to Love the Blacklist” — was published last November.

In other corrections, Carl Foreman received credit for “Born for Trouble”; Ben Barzman for “It Happened in Paris” and “Stranger on the Prowl”; Cyril Endfield for “The Master Plan”; Hugo Butler along with Trumbo for “The Prowler” and “He Ran All the Way”; Butler and Ring Lardner Jr. for “The Big Night”; and Paul Jarrico for “The Man Who Watched Trains Go By.”

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