Family & Companions
Warner Bros. screenwriter whose career was ended when he was named one of the "Hollywood Ten." Bessie was sentenced to one year in prison and, unlike most of his fellow victims, never worked in the US film industry again. His son Dan wrote and directed the feature film, "Hard Traveling" (1986), adapted from Bessie's book "Bread and a Stone."
Cast (Feature Film)
Writer (Feature Film)
Misc. Crew (Feature Film)
Published first novel, "Dwell in the Wilderness"
Wrote first screenplay, "Northern Pursuit"
Refused to answer House Committee on Un-American Activities on Communist issue
Convicted of contempt of Congress; sentenced to one year in prison; served prison term in 1950
Appeared in feature-length documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"