Blacklisted screenwriter was prolific but uncredited
Led protest against Kazan awardBernard Gordon, one of the last of the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters, died May 11 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 88.
Gordon was a main organizer of protests outside the Academy Awards in 1999 when the Academy presented a lifetime award to Elia Kazan — who had denounced colleagues during the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of communists in Hollywood.
Gordon, whose films included "55 Days at Peking," "The Thin Red Line," "Battle of the Bulge" and "Day of the Triffids," was blacklisted in the mid-'50s when someone disclosed to HUAC that he was a member of the Communist Party.
Under various pen names, Gordon then became one of the most prolific of the blacklisted writers. In 1957 alone, Columbia Pictures released four films he had written or co-written under the name Raymond Marcus: "Escape From San Quentin," "The Man Who Turned to Stone," "Zombies of Mora Tau" and "Hellcats of the Navy."
Under other pseudonyms he also wrote "Chicago Confidential," "The Case Against Brooklyn" and "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers."