Herbert J Biberman

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Stage actor and director who joined Columbia in 1935 and directed three films before being victimized as one of the "Hollywood Ten" in 1947. After serving a six-month jail term for contempt of Congress, Biberman made ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

Slaves 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Master Race 1943 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New Orleans (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Together Again (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Director (3)

Slaves 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Salt of the Earth 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Master Race 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Stage actor and director who joined Columbia in 1935 and directed three films before being victimized as one of the "Hollywood Ten" in 1947. After serving a six-month jail term for contempt of Congress, Biberman made "Salt of the Earth" (1954), a potent socialist drama about striking New Mexico mineworkers. The film earned critical acclaim in Europe but, due to continued blacklisting, did not enjoy general US release until 1965. Biberman was married to actress Gale Sondergaard from 1930.

Relationships

Campos

Daughter
survived him

Gale Sondergaard

Wife
married in 1930

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1997

Status as one of the founders and members of the Screen Directors' Guild, the precusor of the Directors Guild of America, was posthumously restored

1968

Co-wrote and directed last film, "Slaves"

1954

Sole film directed during blacklist, the independently made "Salt of the Earth"

1950

Sentenced to 6-month jail term by HUAC

1939

First screenwriting credit (story only), "King of Chinatown"

1935

Signed with Columbia; film directing debut, "One Way Ticket"

Worked in family texile business before returning to college to study drama

Founded Hollywood Anti-Nazi League

Joined New York Theater Guild as actor, stage manager and director

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