Dalton Trumbo

(1905-1976 / Montrose, Colorado)

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 writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich," Trumbo's pseudonym.

Blacklisting effectively ended in 1960 when it lost credibility. Trumbo was publicly given credit for two blockbuster films: Otto Preminger made public that Trumbo wrote the screenplay for the smash hit, Exodus, and ... more »

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  • ''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...
  • ''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...
  • A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up ...
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Stuart Heisler. Andrew Long (William Holden), The Remarkable Andrew, explaining to his fiancee why h...
  • ''Y'see it's sort of a game with me. Its whole object is to prove that two plus two equals four. That seems to make sense, but you'd be surprised at the number of people who try to stretch it to five.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Stuart Heisler. Andrew Long (William Holden), The Remarkable Andrew, explaining why he loves accounting ...
  • ''May I suggest Ethiopian?''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), Spartacus, selling a slave (1960).
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