Talk:John Abbott (actor, born 1905)

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Blacklisting[edit]

The blacklist wasn't exactly official in Hollywood, and it wasn't as if the government forbade blacklisted people to be employed. Instead there were publications such as "Red Channels" that listed people they considered worthy of being blacklisted, and the industry went along with it. Therefore, filmmakers didn't get someone's name removed from the blacklist so that they could employ them. Instead, they defied the blacklist--or they waited until, over time, it came to have less significance. I'm not changing the text, because I don't know what actually happened in Abbott's case, but I think the text as it stands shows a misunderstanding of how the blacklist worked. The probability is that the producer defied the blacklist or circumvented it in some way.

By the way, the citation for this statement directs not to a source, but an unsourced footnote.

Also, the idea that Abbott was blacklisted because Dalton Trumbo used his name seems exceedingly unlikely. Trumbo used aliases to get work as a screenwriter, not to engage in political activities. According to a tribute site run by a library, here are the aliases used by Trumbo as a screenwriter: Earl Felton, Millard Kaufman, Hugo Butler, Guy Endore, Ian McLellan Hunter, Felix Lutzkendorf, Marcel Klauber, Ben L. Perry, Robert L. Rich, Sally Stubblefield, Edmund H. North, James Leicester. [1]

In fact, the source for both pieces of information--how Abbott was removed from the list and how he got on it--seems to be the trivia page on his IMDB entry, almost word for word. The info is not sourced there either.

Winter Maiden (talk) 18:40, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

  1. ^ http://www.mcpld.org/trumbo/WebPages/aliases.htm