THE LAW: The Right to Draw Inferences

In Los Angeles superior court last week, Judge Ellsworth Meyer answered a question that has been exciting Hollywood for three years. The question: May movie producers "blacklist" actors and writers who duck behind the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions about past or present Communist associations? Judge Meyer's unequivocal answer: yes.

With that ruling. Judge Meyer threw out of court a $51,750,000 damage suit brought by 23 actors and writers against 16 film studios, 20 top Hollywood executives (Samuel Goldwyn et al.) and three motion-picture trade groups. In 1951 the House Un-American Activities Committee questioned 18 of the 23 about...

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