Radical Innocence

The Red Scare impacted many individuals in the United States, including within the film industry. Many careers were ended at this time, with various on and off-screen talents being placed on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. In particular, ten witnesses refused to answer questions regarding their membership in the Screen Writers Guild and the Communist party.

Bernard F. Dick’s Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten delves into the stories and works of these individuals, studying them in terms of their professions. Dick consults archival materials, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, and additional sources to portray these individuals and how they were impacted by the blacklist.

Dick captures the stories and personalities of the Hollywood Ten, offering a thoughtful portrayal of these individuals in relation to film and the arts.


Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten is available for purchase through the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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