Oral Histories

Interview of Alfred Lewis Levitt

Screenwriter who was blacklisted in the post-World War II Hollywood blacklist.
Hollywood Blacklist: Alfred Lewis Levitt
Hollywood Blacklist
Social Movements
Communist Party
Film and Television
Biographical Note:
Screenwriter who was blacklisted in the post-World War II Hollywood blacklist.
Ceplair, Larry
Levitt, Alfred Lewis
Persons Present:
Levitt and Ceplair.
Place Conducted:
Levitt's home in Sherman Oaks, California; Ceplair's apartment in West Hollywood, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Larry Ceplair, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Economics, UCLA; Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin. Co-author, The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960.Ceplair prepared for the interview by consulting sources he had collected while writing The Inquisition in Hollywood and materials in the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
Processing of Interview:
Emma Gee, editor, edited the interview. She checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Levitt reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made a number of corrections and additions. Teresa Barnett, editor, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, and index. Richard Martinez, editorial assistant, prepared the interview history.
10.65 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series preserve the recollections of selected individuals in Los Angeles who were affected by the Hollywood blacklist during the Joseph R. McCarthy-J. Edgar Hoover era.