Friday, October 26, 2007

60 Years Ago Today, Part 2

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From the play "Zero Hour" written and performed by Jim Brochu, famed actor Zero Mostel talks about the Hollywood Blacklist and the House Unamerican Activities Committee, and about "Loose Lips," Jerome Robbins who gave names.There's information on Zero Mostel on my LES Google Map Site Zero (Sam) Mostel was a Brooklyn-born stage and film actor best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in The Producers. He had been blacklisted during the 1950s, and his testimony before HUAC was well-publicized. He was a Tony Award and Obie Award winner. Zero went to PS 188 and to Seward Park High School. In 1920 Zero lived at 140 East Houston Street. In 1930 he lived at 122 Columbia Street. Zero (Jim) mentions Jack Gilford and Jack's wife Madeline in this monologue. Madeline, thankfully, is still with us. I know Joe Gilford, Jack's son. He's real nice guy and his son, Jake, is already a comic like his namesake grand-dad.

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