Life and work
As a convinced Marxist, Polonsky joined the American Communist Party and was also active in unions. His refusal in 1951 to testify in the investigation of the McCarthy era about his political activities and to betray party members, led to his dismissal by the 20th Century Fox, and he came up with the "Black List" of his professional Off in Hollywood meant. Although he could continue to work anonymously in Hollywood, his career was seriously damaged. So passed 21 years between his directorial debut, The Power of Evil ( 1948) and his next directorial effort, Bloody Trail (1969).