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Trumbo

No Comments 12 October 2007

If you’ve seen Roman Holiday, then you’re familiar with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s work. The name’s not ringing a bell? Perhaps you have an older version of the film, then, before it was digitally remastered and re-released in 2002. For Dalton Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten ten screenwriters and directors who were blacklisted from work in the film industry for refusing to testify against their peers during the McCarthy hearings in the anti-Communist craze. Trumbo was the real writer of the Oscar-winning screenplay for Roman Holiday, but since he was banned from any and all work in Hollywood at the time, he used friend Ian McLellan Hunter as a front. Hunter accepted the award on Trumbo’s behalf, and it wasn’t until 1992 that the Academy Award records were revised and Trumbo’s widow was presented with the award, and another ten years after that until the film was changed to give him the credit he deserved. Now, over 30 years after his death, his son and various well-known Hollywood names have made a documentary about Trumbo’s outcast years.

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