Nedrick Young

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas,[1] was an American actor and screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s for refusing to confirm or deny membership of the Communist Party before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA). He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley.

Nedrick Young
Born(1914-03-23)March 23, 1914
DiedSeptember 16, 1968(1968-09-16) (aged 54)
OccupationWriter, screenwriter
Years active1943–68
Spouse(s)Frances Sage (?–1963; her death)
Elizabeth MacRae (1965–1968; his death)
AwardsWGA AwardBest Original Screenplay
1958 The Defiant Ones

Young was born in Philadelphia. In addition to screenwriting, he also took acting roles in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966.


The Defiant Ones was nominated for, and received, an Oscar for the "best screenplay written directly for the screen" in 1958.[2] For the same film, Young and co-writer Harold Jacob Smith won a 1959 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, from the Mystery Writers of America. Inherit the Wind was also nominated for, but did not win, an Academy Award in 1960. The same year he and others brought a law suit against the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) for thirteen years of blacklisting. The suit was not successful.[3]




Personal life and deathEdit

He was married to actress Elizabeth MacRae.[1]

Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54.


  1. ^ a b Beale, Lewis (July 9, 2015). "'Defiant One' sheds light on Hollywood blacklists". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. (January 1, 1959). "COAST SCENARIST REVEALS IDENTITY / 'Defiant Ones' Co-Author is Actor-Writer Who in '53 Invoked 5th Amendment". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Nedrick Young et al. v. MPAA

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