Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, 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.
|Died||September 16, 1968 (aged 54)|
|Spouse(s)||Frances Sage (?–1963; her death)|
Elizabeth MacRae (1965–1968; his death)
|Awards||WGA Award – Best 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. 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.
- 1943: Bombs Over Burma - Slim Jenkins
- 1943: Dead Men Walk - Dr. David Bentley
- 1943: Ladies' Day - Tony D'Angelo
- 1946: Gay Blades - Gary Lester
- 1946: The Devil's Playground - Curly Evans
- 1947: Unexpected Guest - Ralph Baxter
- 1948: The Swordsman - Bruce Glowan
- 1948: The Gallant Blade - Sergeant Martine
- 1949: Calamity Jane and Sam Bass - Parsons (uncredited)
- 1949: Border Incident - Happy (uncredited)
- 1950: Gun Crazy - Dave Allister
- 1950: Love That Brute - Rocky (uncredited)
- 1950: A Lady Without Passport - Harry Nordell
- 1951: Inside Straight - Accountant (uncredited)
- 1952: Retreat, Hell! - Sgt. Novak (credited: Ned Young)
- 1952: The Iron Mistress - Hassan
- 1952: Springfield Rifle - Sgt. Poole (uncredited)
- 1952: The Iron Mistress - Henri Contrecourt
- 1953: She's Back on Broadway - Rafferty
- 1953: Captain Scarlett - Pierre DuCloux
- 1953: House of Wax - Leon Averill (uncredited)
- 1953: So This Is Love - Harry Corbett (uncredited)
- 1953: Crime Wave - Gat Morgan
- 1953: The Eddie Cantor Story - Jack (uncredited)
- 1958: The Defiant Ones - Prison Guard in Truck (uncredited)
- 1958: Terror in a Texas Town - John Crale
- 1966: Seconds - Henry Bushman (final film role)
Personal life and deathEdit
Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nedrick Young et al. v. MPAA https://www.jstor.org/stable/41170623