David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood Director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and he is unable to work until cleared. Before being called, his highest priority had been his work to the extent of leaving his wife (Annette Bening) and son (Luke Edwards) alone for several months at a time. He initially refuses to implicate others or himself in a private meeting with Roy Cohn and a studio lawyer. This decision initially to stick to his principles first leaves him unable to work in his profession, even with films and producers he never would have worked with before. Harassment by the F.B.I. leaves him unable to work on Broadway, with advertising agencies, or even in a small film repair shop. Finally, having fallen so far, and tempted with a new offer to direct a film from his old studio (if he testifies), he agrees to go before the Committee, initially ...
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In the 1950's a war was being fought in the U.S. A committee of Congress sought to control the creative community through fear and censorship. Anyone who disagreed with them became... Guilty By Suspicion.
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Did You Know?
The only cinema movie to feature Darryl F. Zanuck
as a character (he was portrayed by Ben Piazza
). There have, however, been several television features, where Zanuck is a character, such as RKO 281
(1999), Liz & Dick
(2012), Marilyn and Me
(1991), This Year's Blonde
(1980), Norma Jean & Marilyn
(1996), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
(1999), and The Wonderful World of Disney: Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story
(2001). See more
When the De Niro character visits Zanuck watching dailies early on in the movie, we see that the dailies on screen are Marilyn singing a number from "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and Zanuck tells "Howard" (Hawks) the director (on the phone) that he can't see any difference in the various takes. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was filmed and released in 1953, but the last scenes of "Guilty By Suspicion" are Feb 1952. See more
...I inform on these people, they lose their jobs, they lose their... everything.
Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #9.2
BYE, BYE BABY
Written by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Marilyn Monroe See more