November, 1947 – Edward Dmytryk has been dismissed by RKO Radio Pictures at the insistence of Association of Motion Picture Producers president Eric Johnston.
Dmytryk joins the list of those motion picture industry professionals who find themselves “blacklisted” during the McCarthy-era ‘red scare’ by the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigation into the alleged ‘Red’ infiltration of Hollywood.
The group include producer Adrian Scott, who worked with Dmytryk on the highly praised film Crossfire, screenwriters John Howard Lawson, Lester Cole, Dalton Trumbo, Alvah Bessie, Albert Maltz, Ring Lardner, Jr., and Samuel Ornitz, and director Herbert Biberman.
The Hollywood Ten have been cited for “contempt of Congress”, for refusing to divulge any past or present political affiliations. Each had refused to answer the question: “Are you now, or have you ever been a Communist?”