Edward Dmytryk (lower right) and Gregory Peck on the set of Mirage (1964).
The Sniper (1952)
Born on September 4, 1908 in Grand Forks, British Columbia, (Canada) and died on July 1, 1999, after a long illness, of heart and kidney failure in his home in Encino, New York (USA).
Dmytryk started at Paramount as a clerk. After 1930 he was an editor and in 1935 he directed his first feature film ("The Hawk"). In the late 1930's and 1940's he made most of his noirs, of which Murder, My Sweet (1944) is perhaps the best.
In 1947 he was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and together with 9 other Hollywood personal (also known as the Hollywood Ten) he refused to answer questions about his membership of the American Communist Party. They were convicted of contempt and sentenced to a year in federal prison. After his release Dmytryk still admitted his membership and went to England to direct 3 films. A few years later, in 1951 he identified for the Committee 26 people as communists and only after this he was able to make films in Hollywood again: another 25 until his retirement in 1975.
But, as he predicted himself in 1988, his name will always be connected with the "Hollywood Ten" and his subsequent prostration for the despicable House Committee on Un-American Activities.