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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Odd man out.
Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1996
|Named Person:||Edward Dmytryk; Edward Dmytryk|
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|ISBN:||0809319985 9780809319985 0809319993 9780809319992|
|Description:||viii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Mr. Tavenner. What is your name, please? --
For a short time during the thirties --
In 1944 --
"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in" --
This book is not --
In the fall of 1947, Joe McCarthy --
"Hollywood accused" --
The honorable J. Parnell Thomas --
Mr. Crum. May I request the right of cross-examination? --
The hearings were now history --
We had departed --
The next day --
Our return to our country's capital --
On Sunset Boulevard --
On June 9, 1950 --
West Virginia --
"It's a beautiful morning" --
The one certain thing --
After a long, slow trip --
Mr. Tavenner. What is your name, please? --
The FBI --
The Menjou anecdote --
Once again --
In 1926 --
The July 20, 1998 issue --
It is odd, but amusing.
In this personal and perceptive book, Dmytryk vividly chronicles the history of a particularly turbulent era in American political life while examining his own life before and after the events universally called the witch hunts. He details his brief membership in the Communist Party of America, explaining his initial commitment to what he perceived as communist ideals of civil liberties, economic justice, and antifacism, followed by his eventual disillusionment with the party as it betrayed those ideals. He goes on to provide a fair assessment of what then happened to him and the effect it had on the rest of his life.
Dmytryk describes the activities, prejudices, and personal behaviors of all the parties enmeshed in the congressional hearings on communism in Hollywood. His reactions to other members of the Hollywood Ten and his recollection of conversations with them lend his book an immediacy that is not only informative but also absorbing. Most importantly, he does not uphold an ideology but rather presents the events as he perceived them, understood them, and responded to them.
"This is a book written from the inside of a political hurricane made up of compromises and deceit in which the author, despite his idealistic impulses, managed to find himself. Dmytryk's effort to