On The Waterfront

Poster for the 1954 release of On The Waterfront.
Screenplay by Budd Schulberg



HOLLYWOOD RENEGADE traces the many lives of Budd Schulberg. The son of Hollywood pioneer B. P. Schulberg, Budd was a young Communist Party member when he was threatened with a Hollywood blacklist in the late 1930s -- not for being a Communist but for writing his searing industry expose, What Makes Sammy Run?  At the same time that the studios were blackballing him, he turned against the Party when it became clear that its writers, including Budd, would not be permitted artistic freedom either in the US or in the Soviet Union.  These early decisions would brand Budd Schulberg as a Hollywood renegade, and force him to leave Los Angeles for two decades.  He remained a renegade throughout his long life and career, fighting for social justice and racial equality until the day he died in August 2009, at age 95.

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