John Bright (screenwriter)

John Milton Bright (1908-1989) was an American journalist, screenwriter and political activist.

Bright was born in Baltimore and worked with Ben Hecht as a newspaper journalist in Chicago. With fellow journalist Kubec Glasmon, Bright co-wrote a series of stories adapted as screenplays. The most notable of these, Beer and Blood, became the 1931 film The Public Enemy starring James Cagney.[1] The two were nominated for a 1931 Academy Award for Best Story.

In 1933 he became one of the ten founders of the Screen Writers Guild. As with other founders and members of the Screen Writers Guild, Bright was targeted in the early 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and put on the Hollywood blacklist.[2]

Bright's wife Josefina Fierro was a Mexican-American activist in her own right. Bright fled to Mexico and wrote screenplays for at least two Mexican films.[3]

His 2002 memoir was called Worms in the Winecup.


Bright's credits as a screenwriter, often collaborating with others, include:


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  3. ^ Cold War Exiles in Mexico: U.S. Dissidents and the Culture of Critical ... by Rebecca Mina Schreiber, page 223

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