Harry Bernstein refers to Charlton Heston as an eloquent spokesman for organized labor. Certainly, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. But in all the years I worked with him on the sets at Paramount in my capacity as a script supervisor (IATSE Local 871) I never found him pro-labor.
Then, early on in Hollywood, he was strongly influenced by that great paternalist, Cecil Blount DeMille, and the DeMille Foundation.
There is a phrase that describes Heston and his close friend Ronald Reagan. It comes from the early silent movies, when the Indian brave's comment was printed on the screen, "He speaks with forked tongue."
MARVIN W. WELDON