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Once-blacklisted writer dies in crash after honor

Hours after being honored as a survivor of the Hollywood blacklisting of the 1940s and '50s, writer Paul Jarrico died after his car slammed head-on into a tree on the Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said Wednesday. Jarrico, 82, received a standing ovation Monday when Hollywood looked back on its darkest days and honored the many distinguished writers and directors targeted by the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee. The four major Hollywood talent guilds apologized to survivors for their complicity in the Communist witch hunt. Jarrico produced Salt of the Earth, a landmark 1953 film on Mexican laborers made by blacklisted writers and directors. The movie was never shown theatrically in the United States.

Halloween marathon

has varied, rare scares

American Movie Classics starts its annual salute to Halloween at 7 p.m. today with a 46-hour, 26-film marathon. Anchoring the parade of ghouls, aliens and mutants is the new documentary Monster Mania, which offers up a quick history of the horror film. One of the most intriguing segments is rare footage from Thomas Edison's 1910 version of Frankenstein. This year, AMC's menu is a varied blend of sci-fi and horror. There are some real dogs (The Giant Behemoth and The Unearthly) and some good stuff (1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers and 1932's Old Dark House.) There's also Christopher Lee in Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and Horror of Dracula. Surprisingly chilling is Blacula, starring William Marshall as an African-American vampire.

SALUTING HOPE: Bob Hope, left, who entertained American troops around the world for a half century, is named an honorary veteran of the armed forces Wednesday on Capitol Hill. With him were Sen. Strom Thurmond, second from left, Hope's wife, Dolores, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.