Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101


“Suddenly the blacklist for the writer had reached what he had only been aiming for before,” joked Mr Bernstein in “Inside Out”. “It was deemed necessary.”

It was the now largely forgotten “This kind of woman” (1959) with Sophia Loren that restarted Mr. Bernstein’s “official” career. The director of the film was Mr. Lumet, who hired Mr. Bernstein under his own name and thus effectively put him back into the ranks of the employees.

In the blacklisted years, Mr. Bernstein worked regularly for Hollywood, although he continued to live in New York. His films include the westerns “The Wonderful Country” (1959) and “Heller in Pink Tights” (1960), the Harold Robbins adaptation “The Betsy” (1978) and the Dan Aykroyd-Walter Matthau comedy “The Couch Trip” “. (1988). He received an Emmy nomination for the television drama “Miss Evers’ Boys” (1997), based on the true story of a 1932 government experiment in which black test subjects were allowed to die of syphilis, and wrote the television game for the live broadcast of “Fail Safe “in 2000.

In addition to his wife, a literary agent, a daughter, Joan Bernstein, and a son, Peter Spelman, survive in Bernstein from his first marriage to Marva Spelman, who was divorced. three sons, Nicholas, Andrew and Jake, from his third marriage to Judith Braun, who also divorced, as well as a brief second marriage; his stepdaughter Diana Loomis; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Silk.

Six decades later, Mr. Bernstein gave a warmly nostalgic look at the Red Scare era, an era that has become synonymous with intolerance and fear.

“I don’t know if it’s true that other people get older,” he said, “but in some ways I look back on that time with a certain fondness for relationships, support, and friendships. We helped each other during this time. And in a dog food dog store that was pretty rare. “