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Abraham Polonsky
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Screenwriter
    (December 5, 1910-October 26, 1999)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Wrote the screenplays for 'Body and Soul' (1947), 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale' (1951), 'Madigan' (1968), 'Avalanche Express' (1979), 'Monsignor' (1982) and 'Guilty by Suspicion' (1991)
    Wrote and directed 'Force of Evil' (1948) and 'Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here' (1969)
    He joined the Communist party.
    Even after leaving the Communist party, he remained a Marxist, saying 'I thought Marxism offered the best analysis of history and I still believe that.'
    He demanded that his name be removed from the credits for 'Guilty by Suspicion,' a film about the Hollywood blacklist, after his script was revised by director Irwin Winkler to change the lead character from a Communist to a mere liberal.
    When Elia Kazan, who had named names before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, received an honorary Oscar (1999), he said, 'I'll be watching, hoping someone shoots him. It would no doubt be a thrill in an otherwise dull evening.'
    He was an intelligence agent for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
    His directorial debut, 'Force of Evil,' has been hailed as one of the classics of film noir.
    He was blacklisted after refusing to testify before HUAC.
    Critic Andrew Sarris wrote, 'Polonsky, along with Chaplin and Losey, remains one of the great casualties of the anti-Communist hysteria of the fifties.'
    He was married to Sylvia Marrow for 56 years until her death.

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