By the late 1940’s
In 1946, Dore Schary purchased the rights to Richard Brooks’s wartime novel The Brick Foxhole. The book dealt with the subject of homosexuality, a subject that was generally considered to be taboo and undesirable for filmmaking.
Schary changed the theme of the story to the equally undesirable subject of anti-Semitism. The resulting film was the 1947 Film Noir classic Crossfire starring the popular trio of Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Ryan. The films considerable success helped open the door for social sensitive issues in motion pictures.
Stanley Kramer followed by purchasing the rights to the play Home of the Brave, which also dealt with anti-Semitism. However, Kramer replaced the Jewish hero of the story with an African American hero. The film was cheaply made and earned a lot of money, Stanley Kramer was now a rising force in
Both Dore Schary and Stanley Kramer had come to recognize that traditional taboos against racial and religious injustice were weakening, and they had the courage to act on their realization.
However, the profitability of this new type of social film caused bottom-line hungry
The most notable of these motion pictures were Gentleman’s Agreement, Lost Boundaries, Pinky, Intruder in the Dust, and No Way Out. Inevitably, the mass production of this type of film proved to be too much of a good thing. Public interest was quickly exhausted and the productions came to an abrupt end.
Source by Carl DiNello