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Abraham Polonsky (1910–1999)

Writer-director Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, one of the most prominent victims of the Hollywood blacklisting of communists and social progressives in the post-World War II period, was born on December 5, 1910, in New York, New York. An unreconstructed Marxist, Polonsky never hid his membership in the Communist Party. (Indeed, it was known by the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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 1982 Monsignor (screenplay)
 1981 Body and Soul (suggested by the original screenplay by)
 1979 Avalanche Express (screenplay)
 1969 Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (written by)
 1968 Madigan (screenplay)
  Seaway (TV Series) (27 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (writer - 3 episodes, 1965)
- Gunpowder and Paint: Part 2 (1966) ... (creator)
- Gunpowder and Paint: Part 1 (1966) ... (creator)
- Rx for Murder (1966) ... (creator)
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Last Clear Chance (1965) ... (writer)
 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow (screenplay - front John O. Killens)
 1953-1955 You Are There (TV Series) (24 episodes)
- The Hatfield-McCoy Feud (January 1, 1888) (1955) ... (uncredited)
- The Liberation of Paris (August 25, 1944) (1955) ... (uncredited)
 1952-1953 Danger (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Prodigal Returns (1953) ... (uncredited)
- Subpoena (1953) ... (uncredited)
- Car Pool (1953) ... (uncredited)
- The Thread of Scarlett (1952) ... (uncredited)
- A Date at Midnight (1952) ... (uncredited)
 1951 I Can Get It for You Wholesale (screen play)
 1948 Force of Evil (screenplay)
 1947 Golden Earrings (screenplay)
 1947 Body and Soul (original screenplay)
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Abraham L. Polonsky

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Because we can't be [Joseph Stalin], we become movie directors. See more »


Critic Andrew Sarris said Force of Evil (1948), Polonsky's directorial debut, is "one of the great films of the modern American cinema." Blacklisted for nearly two decades after 20th Century-Fox fired him for refusing to "name names" before the House Un-American Activies Committee (HUAC), Polonsky continued to work--and earn even more money than he had before--using various pseudonyms, such as ... See more »



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