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Howard Koch, Red Friday

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Published here for the first time, the manuscript of this story was gifted by the author to a good friend 25 years ago. It shows the irony of an imagined unilateral Cold War Soviet disarmament and its chaotic effect on the American political establishment, bereft of its active enemy. Until he was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1950, Howard Koch was listed among Hollywood's finest screenwriters —responsible or partially responsible for such great films as The Letter and The Sea Hawk (both 1940), Sergeant York (1941) and Casablanca (1942), for which he shared an Oscar with co-writers Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein.

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