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One Of The Hollywood Ten

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Set in the United States at the height of the Cold War in the fifties, One Of The Hollywood Ten examines the personal struggle and triumph of Herbert Biberman, a film director, in his crusade to continue his filmmaking career in the face of the McCarthy-led Blacklist. At its most personal, Biberman's story is a compelling drama of individual perseverance and familial sacrifice and, at its most political, a conspiracy thriller and ever-relevant testament to societal paranoia and hate-mongering.

The film opens by establishing the historical climate - anticommunist paranoia, Congressional persecution of 'unAmerican activities' and friends informing on friends - that pervaded the early years of the Cold War in Hollywood and beyond. In detail, the various reactions of members of the film community to persecution is explored, from the high-profile trip to Washington, D.C. by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in support of those persecuted that ended in his famous recantment, to the varying tactics of those not so readily remembered in pleading either the fifth or first amendments, or merely pleading to not be asked to speak at all. At the centre of this maelstrom is Herbert Biberman and his wife, Academy Award-winning actress Gale Sondergaard, who refused to name names and who stood by their acknowledged communist beliefs. For this, Biberman was cited for contempt of Congress, becoming in the process one of the 'Hollywood Ten', and was sentenced to serve jail time in a federal prison in Arkansas.

Act two evolves from the more familiar contextual elements of the Blacklist in the first act, to follow Herbert and Gale's attempts to restart their film-making careers on Herbert's release from prison. Herbert, unable to be re-instated to the Director's Guild of America, an organisation he co-founded in the thirties, resolved to strike back in the only way he knew possible: by making a film: The Salt of the Earth.


Type of film
35mm Kodak
Karl Francis
Lucrecia Botín, Gareth Jones, Alvaro Longoria
John Richards
Karl Francis
Director of Photography
Nigel Walters
Antonio Bloch, Tim Ricketts
John Rea, Victor Reyes
Principal Cast
Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi, Angela Molina


Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Morena Films
Contact: Juan Gordon
C/O Alibi Films International
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA

T +44 020 7845 0410
F +44 020 7836 6919


Morena Films
Contact: Juan Gordon
C/O Alibi Films International
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA

T +44 020 7845 0410
F +44 020 7836 6919