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Type: Director
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 09/07/1909




 

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To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.
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I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them.
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I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.
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I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.
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I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.
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I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am.
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I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.
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I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor.
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I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.
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I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving up my career to defend them. I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in, but not this.
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A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.
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I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.
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I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
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You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
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I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.
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I may be getting old, but not foolish.
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I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does.
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Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?
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What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.
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I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.
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I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.
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There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.
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I was always a self-conscious person.
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The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.
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A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.
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