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The Hollywood Blacklist: A Film Series

Force of Evil Movie Poster

In the 1950s, refusing to testify or give names at House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings could result in being blacklisted and unable to work in Hollywood.


Yet, while some directors, screenwriters, and producers lost their careers, others continued to make movies in secret.


See three films by blacklisted filmmakers Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, Carl Foreman, and James Dalton Trumbo and a tale about blacklisted writers working clandestinely on Thursdays at 7 p.m.


On January 23, see Force of Evil (1948), starring John Garfield and Thomas Gomez. Unethical lawyer Joe Morse teams up with gangster Ben Tucker to consolidate the numbers rackets in NYC.


On January 30, watch High Noon (1952), starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Newly married Marshal Will Kane faces a gang of outlaws alone when his town refuses to help him.


On February 6, enjoy Lonely Are the Brave (1962), starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau. Maverick cowboy Jack Burns attempts to free his best friend Paul Bondi from jail and becomes a hunted man.


On February 13, sit back for The Front (1976), starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel. Small-time bookie Howard Prince sells television scripts others have written as his own to help blacklisted writers.


This event is free and open to all. Drop in for a fun time.

Event Details

Program Time: 
07:00pm - 08:15pm
Room Reservation: 
01/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Category: 
Event Location: 
Name of Organization: 
Warwick Public Library
Contact Name: 
Wil Gregersen
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