Walter Bernstein was born in Brooklyn in 1919. For the next 94 years he wrote and co-wrote terrific movies for big stars: Fail Safe with Henry Fonda, The Train with Burt Lancaster, The Magnificent Seven with everybody – Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson. The Front, with Woody Allen and Zero Mostel, is based on his own experience as a blacklisted writer. We talked about all of this and more at the Writers Guild East.
PERSON: Harold Ross, founding editor of The New Yorker
PLACE: Loew’s Cameo Theater on Eastern Parkway
THING: Red Channels, the six-page blacklist
- BONUS TRACK: Budd Schulberg, who gave names to HUAC
- RANDY’S PLACE: the pier in Piermont, and an encounter with casual racism