1914 - Martin Ritt, born on the 2nd Of March in New York City. He was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theater.
1939 - His associations with the Group Theater, founded on a Russian model, and the Federal Theater Project (which Congress had stopped funding because of what some anti-New Deal congressmen claimed to be a left-wing political tone to some productions), were also known to HUAC.
1951 - He was finally blacklisted by the television industry when a Syracuse grocer charged him with donating money to Communist China.
1952 - He was acting, directing, and producing teleplays and television programs when he was caught up by the Red Scare and investigations of communist influence in Hollywood and the movie industry.
1956 - The Red Scare had decreased in intensity, and did not prevent him from turning to film and directing. His first film as director was Edge of the City.
1976 - He made the first movie about the Hollywood blacklist, The Front, starring Woody Allen.
1990 - He died at age 76 in Santa Monica, California on the 8th of December.a
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