Cinema: I.U.M.M.S.W. with Love

A schoolteacher from the little (pop. 5,000) mining town of Silver City, N.Mex. sat down and wrote a letter to Screen Actors Guild President Walter Pidgeon. A group of Mexican-American miners and their families, the teacher reported, were hard at work nearby on a semi-documentary movie. The film was being sponsored by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, which was ousted from the C.I.O. in 1950 for being Communist-dominated. Director of the picture: Herbert Biberman, one of Hollywood's "unfriendly ten" (TIME, May 31, 1948). Director's assistants: Paul Jarrico and Paul R. Perlin (both were called Communists at...

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