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Smart Woman(1948)

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This film marked the last production of Constance Bennett's company, Bennett Productions, Inc. Smart Woman was also the last Hollywood picture written by Alvah Bessie under his own name. In 1947, in his testimony before the House Un-American Activities, Bessie refused to affirm or deny his membership in the Communist Party. Along with nine other producers, screenwriters, directors and actors, Bessie became one of the "Hollywood Ten" and was convicted of contempt of Congress and sentenced to prison. Although Bessie did contribute to some later Hollywood projects, which were attributed to other writers, he did not receive an onscreen credit under his own name until the 1973 Spanish film Espaa otra Vez. [For more information on HUAC, please see the entry above for Crossfire.]