This Day in Film History:
Fifty industry leaders meet at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York in response to the House Un-American Activities Committee. After the meeting, they issue a statement, effectively blacklisting the "Hollywood Ten", actors and directors called before the committe who refused to testify.
The landmark film The Bicycle Thief opens in Italy.
Having premiered in New York six days earlier, the William Wyler/Charelton Heston epic Ben Hur opens in Los Angeles. The film goes on to win a record 11 Academy Awards, a distinction it shares with Titanic.
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