- Hardcover: 343 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684147505
- ISBN-13: 978-0684147505
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dalton Trumbo Hardcover – 1977
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Aside from the political debate, the movie Trumbo misrepresents the avarice conniving men that Trumbo and the King Bros were. Trumbo and the King Bros were all about the money and getting attention to that end.
Trumbo was not a hero, he was a grandstander who mislead and toyed with the media about many things and the most important among them, to me, was his plagiarism of my father’s work.
Trumbo lied about being the original author of the screenplay that the 1956 film, “The Brave One” was based.
My father, Juan Duval, was the author of the original screenplay which the film “The Brave One” was based and awarded the Oscar for “Best Original Story”. My father died before film production and the King Bros and Trumbo unashamedly took advantage of it.
Trumbo was a prodigious writer and during the Blacklist period he wrote and rewrote scripts for less money for low-life producers like the King Bros and anyone else who paid him under the table. Frank King’s nephew by marriage, Robert Rich, was the fourth person listed as the author of “the Brave One” (after the King Bros removed the title page of the original script) and was an afterthought and not initially intended to be a front for Trumbo. Per the FBI report, Rich was an office errand boy and bag man who picked up scripts and delivered cash to Trumbo.Read more ›
That said, if you treat this book as an autobiography, instead of a biography, where the standards of truth are less rigid, there is much on offer here. It is within the bounds of autobiography for the author to defend his life. Nixon's version of Watergate is a far cry from Woodstein's and Bill Clinton didn't mention the charges of the FBI, well reported by The New York Times, that he sold military secrets to China in exchange for campaign funds. As autobiography, this book succeeds admirably. Trumbo makes the case for himself as a fearless true believer and a likable one at that.
Don't read this book if you're looking for an honest account of the Hollywood Ten, but do read it as a defense of a fairly good screenwriter (even if Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and Exodus are hardly Citizen Kane or Vertigo in the pantheon of Hollywood cinema).