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Dalton Trumbo


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James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist. As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front ... more »

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  • We've got to figure these things a little bit different than most people. Y'know, there's something about going out in a plane that beats any other way.... A guy that washes out at the controls of his...
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Al Yackey (Ward Bond), A Guy Named Joe, trying to comfort Dorinda (1943). Adaptation...
  • You think you're the only guy that ever got a kick in the teeth? Well you're not. It's happening every day and it's gonna keep right on happenin' till this thing's over. And you, you can sit here and ...
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Al Yackey (Ward Bond), A Guy Named Joe, to Dorinda, who is still mourning Pete a year af...
  • ''What a fog! Plane been buzzin' around overhead for the last half hour. Must be like trying to find your way through the inside of a cow. I never did see such a country. Even the birds are walkin'.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Al Yackey (Ward Bond), A Guy Named Joe, complaining about the weather at the airfield in...
  • Y'know Pete, back where I come from folks call that love stuff "quick poison" or "slow poison." If it's quick poison it hurts you all over real bad like a shock of electricity. But if it's slow poison...
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Al Yackey (Ward Bond), A Guy Named Joe, helping Pete sort out his feelings towards Dorin...
  • ''You've been trying to keep an honest accounting of city monies. You've been dealing with politicians. You've been standing up for your own rights, haven't you? Naturally you landed in jail.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Stuart Heisler. Andrew Jackson (Brian Donlevy), The Remarkable Andrew, explaining how he knew to look fo...
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