By Bernard F. Dick
On October 30, 1947, the home Committee on Un-American actions concluded the 1st around of hearings at the allege Communist infiltration of the movie undefined. Hollywood was once ordered to "clean its personal house," and ten witnesses who had refused to respond to questions about their club within the reveal Writers Guild and the Communist social gathering finally got contempt citations. by means of 1950 the Hollywood Ten, as they speedy grew to become recognized, have been serving criminal sentences starting from six months to a 12 months. considering the fact that that point the gang, which integrated writers, administrators, and a manufacturer, were both pushed aside as hacks or eulogized as chilly warfare martyrs, yet by no means have they been mentioned by way of their profession.
Radical Innocence is the 1st learn to target the paintings of the 10: their brief tales, performs, novels, feedback, poems, memoirs, and, in fact, their movies. Drawing on myriad assets, together with archival fabrics, unpublished manuscripts, black-market scripts, screenplay drafts, letters, and private interviews, Bernard F. Dick describes the Ten's survival strategies in the course of the blacklisting and analyzes the contribution of those ten members no in simple terms to movie but additionally to the humanities. Radical Innocence captures the character of every of the 10 -- the smug Herbert J. Biberman, the witty Ring Lardner, Jr., the patriarchal Samuel Ornitz, the compassionate Adrian Scott, and the feisty Dalton Trumbo.