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The Hollywood Blacklist

October 25, 1987

Michaelson omitted two important items:

The day following Larry Parks' so-called "confession," super-patriot John Wayne--fronting for one of the town's righter-than-right-wing groups--issued a flowery and pious statement to the press about how the Prodigal Son had come home and would be welcomed back to Hollywood's bosom.

The statement turned out to be the height of hypocrisy, for Parks never worked in Hollywood again.

Conversely, Sterling Hayden--pictured among the group of stars who went to Washington in October, 1947, to protest the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings--later turned "friendly" witness, a fact mentioned in the play "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" at the Cast Theatre several years ago. (Several times I've read that over the years Hayden regretted his recanting, but by then, of course, it was too late.)

DAVID R. MOSS

Los Angeles

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