Does anyone think that CROSSFIRE would have followed the THE BRICK FOXHOLE (its source novel by Richard Brooks) and have the murdered character be gay, like in the novel, instead of Jewish?
I thought about this film when I was reading earlier responses in the thread. Not only was the production code strongly enforced in 1947, but also we had liberal artists (producers, directors, writers and actors) threatened with blacklisting. Some of the content in films that was technically not in violation of the code (like pro-Russian sentiment) was now targeted. Many of the people who worked on CROSSFIRE were already under investigation by the House committee. So if they had insisted on using a gay storyline, it would have pulled the noose tighter around their necks-- they would have been regarded by conservatives as even more subversive, radical and dangerous to the moral fabric of America.