With Doris Dowling in The Blue Dahlia
Howard Da Silva was Ray Milland's bartender in The Lost Weekend (1945), nightclub owner Eddie Harwood in The Blue Dahlia (1946), Chicamaw Mobley in They Live by Night (1949), rancher and gang leader Owen Parkson in Border Incident (1949), racketeer Carl Durham in The Underworld Story (1950), the Deputy Police Chief in Fourteen Hours (1951), and Inspector Carney in M (1951). His already brilliant career in noir was cut short by the biggest blackout of all, the blacklist. He went before HUAC in 1951, and was the first witness from Hollywood to invoke the Fifth Amendment, objecting to being called to testify against himself. Some of Da Silva's earlier credits are Strange Alibi (1941), Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941), Blues in the Night (1941), Bullet Scars (1942), Juke Girl (1942), The Big Shot (1942), and The Great Gatsby (1949). Post blacklist Da Silva worked on the stage, before returning to film and television. He was in the legal drama series For the People (1965). Somewhat ironically, Da Silva was cast as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977). Between 1974 and 1977 he was a regular on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
Pointing the finger at the committee