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Dalton Trumbo Hardcover – 1977

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Product Details

  • 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: #1,059,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fabulous book! Movie coming out next November! Can't wait!!
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As a biographer, Mr. Cook is far too gullible. He relies too heavily on Trumbo's own version of events, instead of on the facts. For instance, he states improbably that it was just a coincidence that Trumbo's anti-war, isolationist classic Johnny Got His Gun was published during the Nazi-Soviet Pact and even more improbably that it was his publisher, J B Lippincott, who arranged for the book to be published in The Daily Worker. There is also no mention that when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, Trumbo tried to suppress his own book. Nor were the Communist screenwriters without sin themselves. It has been well documented, but not here, that Communists in the screenwriters guilds blacklisted non-Communist screenwriters throughout the 30's and the 40's. And, although Hanson, who thinks more highly of Trumbo than most film critics, documents that the goal of Trumbo, along with other Communist screenwriters, was to insert pro-Communist lines of dialogue in the movies they wrote, you won't find a discussion of that in here either.

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).
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Trumbo the film, I do not judge the fine actors nor their performance in this make-believe film, but I take exception that there is value or a substantive message learned from untold truth, innuendo and the manipulation of facts by the producers and director of this film.

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.
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