The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.
Stories of the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and '50s are, by now, well known. Many books, articles and documentaries exist about the lives of actors who the studios deemed unemployable because of their association with the Communist Party.
Stanley Dyrector was made for Hollywood... or Hollywood was made for Stanley Dyrector. The verdict is still out. But the former actor, turned writer and award winning talk show host, has been a part of Tinseltown's narrative as much as he has chronicled it.