Peter Achilles

Producer, Screenwriter


Life Events


Member of the Communist Party


Feature debut "No Time To Marry"


Wrote "Tom, Dick and Harry"


Organized an independent group of blacklisted writers to produce "Salt of the Earth"


Died as he was driving home from a 50th Anniversary luncheon in Los Angeles honoring blacklisted writers


Movie Clip

All Night Long (1963) -- (Movie Clip) Pretty Chummy Charles Mingus on bass and Tubby Hayes on vibes provide background as London club owner Rod (Richard Attenborough) and manager Cass (Keith Michell) talk shop in All Night Long, 1963.
All Night Long (1963) -- (Movie Clip) You Kick One Habit Johnny (Patrick McGoohan) manipulates ex-addict Cass (Keith Michell) with some evil weed and mind games at a London jazz party in director Basil Dearden's All Night Long, 1963.
All Night Long (1963) -- (Movie Clip) Margolis on Jazz Stoned Cass (Keith Michell) uses jazz theory to insult impresario Berger (Bernard Braden) who spurns apologies from Rod (Richard Attenborough), Johnny (Patrick McGoohan and Rex (Paul Harris) in All Night Long, 1963.
Las Vegas Story, The (1952) -- (Movie Clip) I Get Along Without You Very Well Jane Russell as ex-Las Vegas songbird Linda explores her old haunts, with nice location footage, dropping in at her old club, where Hoagy Carmichael is still at the piano, flashing-back on her old song, his famous composition, ex-flame Victor Mature included, in The Las Vegas Story, 1952.
Girl Most Likely, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Gotta Keep Up With The Joneses Maybe not a surprise, this vigorous fantasy number to a Hugh Martin/Ralph Blaine original is choreographed by Gower Champion, Jane Powell the title character, Tommy Noonan (dubbed by Robert Oates) one of her three suitors, in Jane’s first film away from MGM, The Girl Most Likely, 1958.
Las Vegas Story, The (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Clark County, Nevada Hoagy Carmichael narrates as musician Happy, introducing the town, himself, Jane Russell and briefly Victor Mature in their roles, then Vincent Price appears as her husband, opening The Las Vegas Story, 1952, from RKO, director Robert Stevenson and Vegas-invested studio boss Howard Hughes.
Face Behind The Mask, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Lose Your Passport Convincingly innocent and charming Hungarian-born Peter Lorre as Hungarian immigrant Szabo, first on the boat with a steward (David Oliver) then in New York eventually meeting plainclothes cop O’Hara (Don Beddoe), opening The Face Behind The Mask, 1941, directed by Robert Florey.
Face Behind The Mask, The (1941) -- (Movie Clip) None Of Us Can Do Without Friends Immigrant Janos (Peter Lorre), suddenly rich after finding he’s a gifted thief, but raising mainly money for plastic surgery after being disfigured in a fire, receives his custom-made mask, with Dinky (George E. Stone), whose ex-boss (James Seay) soon appears, in The Face Behind The Mask, 1941.
Salt Of The Earth (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Before The Anglos Ever Came Opening title sequence and the beginning of Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) narrating the story from Salt of the Earth, 1954, shot on location Grant County, New Mexico, where the real strike on which the film is based took place.
Salt Of The Earth (1954) -- (Movie Clip) No Dogs No Women Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) narrates as the wives try to intervene on the miners' strike meeting where Charlie (Ernest Velasquez) and Ruiz (Joe T. Morales) preside, with strong feminist currents in Michael Wilson's original script, in the independent feature Salt of the Earth, 1954.
Salt Of The Earth (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Some Pretty Tough Hombres Finally an appearance by Will Geer, perhaps the best known actor in the picture, as the sheriff, with boss Alexander (David Sarvis) and bigger boss Hartwell (Mervin Williams), taking a stab at buying off de facto leader Ramon (actual miner and striker Juan Chacon), in the independent feature Salt Of The Earth, 1954.
Salt Of The Earth (1954) -- (Movie Clip) A Picket Line Of Ladies? As Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas) continues her narration, wives of other Hispanic union miners ask her to join them in demanding better sanitation and housing, in Salt of the Earth, 1954.


Sylvia Jarrico
Lia Jarrico
Second wife; survived him.