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Fellow Traveller (10 Feb. 1991)

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In Hollywood during the 1950's, screenwriter Asa Kaufman reflects on his Communist associations and knows that he will soon be forced to testify before committees investigating "Un-American... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Kaufman
Clifford Byrne
Sarah Atchison
Jerry Leavy
Joan Kaufman
Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood cast)
Alexander Hanson ...
John Labanowski ...
Peter Corey ...
Briony McRoberts ...
Sir Hugo Armstrong
Doreen Mantle ...
Ronnie Wilson
Allan Mitchell ...
Ted Sturton


In Hollywood during the 1950's, screenwriter Asa Kaufman reflects on his Communist associations and knows that he will soon be forced to testify before committees investigating "Un-American" activities. He can no longer find employment in Hollywood anyway, so decides to flee to England and get work there writing children's TV. Soon after arriving, he hears that his best friend since childhood, actor Clifford Byrne, has committed suicide. Asa is sure that this is related to the witch-hunts, and has to find out exactly what the relation is. Written by Anonymous

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Cello Suite in C Major
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A more complete depiction of the period and the pressures on artists than ever before seen
28 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Seeing adult reactions through the eyes of a child left many unexplained mysteries of the McCarthy era. Friends who grew up in the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist in Los Angeles say that in spite of its flaws, FELLOW TRAVELER provided a perspective they themselves couldn't see at that time.

The movie's only weaknesses were its awkward transitions between time periods and the uneven sound track (sometimes too loud, sometimes too soft) which distracted from the narrative flow. The story itself was told in an honest and well-balanced manner giving both the position of those passionate left-wing activists along with the approaches of the people whose direction they followed.

As a made-for TV movie, FELLOW TRAVELER was probably not widely viewed. I'd strongly recommend it be sought out as a video rental or in bargain bins for anyone seeking a good dramatic portrayal of that tragic but intense period.

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