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Lester Cole



Screenwriter Lester Cole will go down in cinema history as a member of the original "Hollywood Ten," one of the first unfortunate people in the film industry to be black-listed by the House Anti-American Activities Committee in 1947. Cole, the son of Polish immigrants, began writing and directing plays at age 16 after he dropped out of high school. During the 1920s and '30s he worked as an actor on stage and screen before embarking on his screenwriting career. While in Hollywood, he was a union activist and became a co-founder of the Screen Writers Guild in 1933. He was later black-balled for challenging the committee's right to interrogate him about his political beliefs. He then served 1 year in prison, leaving behind an unfinished script that was later finished by John Steinbeck for Kazan's Viva Zapata (1952). Following his release from prison, Cole worked a series of odd jobs. In 1961 he went to London, but eventually returned to the states where he began collaborating on screenplays under an assumed name. He also taught screenwriting at the University of California, Berkeley

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Fiesta
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet Objective, Burma!
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet None Shall Escape
  • Screenwriter
1944
No Score Yet Among the Living
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark
  • Screenwriter
1941
82% The Invisible Man Returns
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet The House of the Seven Gables
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet I Stole A Million
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Sinners in Paradise
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Affairs of Cappy Ricks
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet The President's Mystery
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet Under Pressure
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Painted Faces
  • Roderick
1929

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