Watch This: An all-star team of blacklistees made this classic noir—and then fled Hollywood
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: The Oscar-nominated Trumbo and the Coens’ ’50s-set Hollywood farce Hail, Caesar! have us thinking back on films by or featuring artists blacklisted during the Red Scare.
He Ran All The Way (1951)
By the time He Ran All The Way came out in 1951, nearly every major creative contributor to the project—both in front of and behind the camera—had been chased out of Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had recently finished serving a prison sentence for “contempt of Congress” when he anonymously adapted Sam Ross’ novel. Afterward, he moved to Mexico with one of He Ran All The Way‘s two credited writers, Hugo Butler, who’d also been blacklisted—as had the man Trumbo chose to be his “front” for the screenplay, Guy Endore …