this image and the other one below were found
through Karen Morley, Communism and Our Daily
Bread by Anna
Despite Karen Morley claiming otherwise, she was a beautiful woman. What she wanted to be known for was not looks or glamour but her acting talent. She was certainly a major actress of the thirties. She had great parts in movies such as Scarface, Mata Hari, Our Daily Bread, Dinner at Eight, and many other quality films.
I first became aware of her watching a movie called The Healer. It told the story of a doctor played by the underrated Ralph Bellamy. The doctor was being pulled between the forces of high society offering avenues to so-called success versus being a regular guy doctor for regular people. Though this flick is not highly rated at imdb.com, I thought it was pretty good. It can seen here. I've said this before. If you find a good movie at youtube, you need to watch it sooner rather than later. While some good films are in the public domain, many such as Sunset Boulevard are not. That one, for example, is not likely to survive for long, no matter how creative the uploaders are in coding the movie title.
One regret I had with a previous entry including screenshots of blacklisted actors and actresses was that I didn't include Karen Morley. A look at her imdb profile shows that she was perhaps hurt by the blacklist as badly as anyone. Dalton Trumbo was able to get around it a bit by using pseudonyms for his written work. An actress like Morley had no ability to do that. Maybe she could have gotten plastic surgery, but with a mug like hers, that would have been criminal.
Some have mistakenly argued that Our Daily Bread was not a promotion of socialist values. Of course it was. While it wasn't promoting any push for a political revolution, it did advocate people pulling together and working for the common good. In the movie, folks hit hard by the Depression joined forces as a farming community to produce their own food and society. It had nothing to do with looking for handouts. If anything, it's been the conglomerates who've been milking the capitalistic system. A phrase was even coined for this. It's called corporate welfare.
Our Daily Bread for at least now is available for viewing through youtube.
Salt of the Earth
This movie was put together by people who had been blacklisted. It's director, Herbert Biberman, was one of the Hollywood Ten. Only two of the actors were well-known. Will Geer played the evil sheriff. If that name sounds familiar, it's probably because he played Grandpa Walton. Like Karen Morley, he too had been blacklisted for having progressive values. The other semi-famous person in Salt of the Earth was Rosaura Revueltas, a well-known actress from Mexico. The beauty of this movie was not only did it cover discrimination and class issues, it also brought a message of anti-sexism. This movie appears to be in the public domain. Here it is.
I'll finish this entry with two quotes.
Karen Morley: Nobody could imagine just how terrible McCarthyism would be. So many careers went down the toilet.
Will Geer: I'm a lifelong agitator, a radical. A rebel is just against things for rebellion's sake. By radical, I mean someone who goes to the roots.