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Alvah Bessie (1904–1985)

Alvah Bessie was born on June 4, 1904 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Objective, Burma! (1945), Spain Again (1969) and Northern Pursuit (1943). He died on July 21, 1985 in Terra Linda, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1986 Hard Traveling (novel "Bread and a Stone")
 1974 The Sex Symbol (TV Movie) (novel "The Symbol")
 1969 Spain Again (screenplay collaboration)
 1951 Passage West (story - front Nedrick Young)
 1948 Smart Woman (screenplay)
 1948 Ruthless (screenplay - originally uncredited)
 1945 Hotel Berlin (screenplay)
 1945 Objective, Burma! (original story)
 1944 The Very Thought of You (screenplay)
 1943 Northern Pursuit (screenplay)
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 1969 Spain Again
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 1976 Hollywood on Trial (Documentary)
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 1950 The Hollywood Ten (Documentary short)
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 2011 Reagan (Documentary)
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 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary)
Himself (Testifying Before House Un-American Activities Committee) (uncredited)
 2007 Trumbo (Documentary)
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 2001 The Majestic
Himself (Hollywood Ten, arrives, behind Cole) (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: They Knew What They Wanted. Comedy. Written by Sidney Howard. Garrick Theatre: 24 Nov 1924- Oct 1925 (closing date unknown/192 performances). Cast: Glenn Anders (as "Joe"), Allen Atwell (as "Ah Gee"), Richard Bennett, Alvah Bessie (as "Farm-Hand") [Broadway debut], Peggy Conway, Robert Cook, Cosette Faustine, Helen Fowble, ... See more »

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Was a good friend of actor Lee J. Cobb, who also held similar political views, until Cobb refused to lend him $500 after Bessie was ruined financially by legal fees incurred during the appeals of his contempt citation issued by the House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC). Bessie and other members of the "Hollywood 10" braved the Committee's inquisition into supposed Communist "subversion" ... See more »

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