Writer Budd Schulberg Dies
Writer, former Communist, name-namer, and maybe bad for the Jews
Budd Schulberg, who wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront, died yesterday at age 95. Schulberg grew up a Hollywood prince, surrounded by movie stars and wannabes who sought favors from his studio-executive father. In 1941, he worked a wartime stint screening footage taken by the Nazis for evidence to be presented at the Nuremberg Trials. The same year, he wrote the novel What Makes Sammy Run, a searing tale of Hollywood greed, which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, infuriated people from John Wayne, who got into a fistfight with Schulberg, to Samuel Goldwyn, who saw Schulberg’s depiction of Sammy Glick, an opportunistic movie-business climber, as “doublecrossing the Jews.” Schulberg later wrote that “both Sammy and many of his victims were Jewish, ‘suggesting the wide range of personalities under the one ethnic umbrella.’” A decade later, Schulberg, a onetime Communist Party member, alienated many of his colleagues again by testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee. At higher points in his career, he wrote several other successful novels and collaborated with greats including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Elia Kazan.
Writer Budd Schulberg Dies at 95 [Hollywood Reporter]
Budd Schulberg Dies at 95; Author of ‘What Makes Sammy Run?’ [L.A. Times]
Budd Schulberg, Screenwriter, Dies at 95 [NYT]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.