PBS American Masters

Season 23 Episode 6

Trumbo

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 02, 2009 on PBS
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Trumbo
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An account of Dalton Trumbo, a powerful motion picture screenwriter who refused to succumb to the stigma of the Hollywood "blacklist" and rose to prominence once again.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Trumbo ran into the most trouble in his meetings with the House Un-American Activities Commitee (and moved to the top of the "Hollywood Ten" list) when he aggressively asked questions rather than submit to answering them.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Dalton Trumbo: (in an angry letter to the phone company, read by Paul Giamatti) When we "reds" come into power, we're going to shoot merchants in the following order - one, those who are greedy - two, those who are witty.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Comments are provided by Trumbo's living family, as well as interviews with Kirk Douglas and Dustin Hoffman. Among the notables that read excerpts from his letters are Liam Neeson, Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, and Donald Sutherland. Dalton Trumbo's son Christopher adapted his 2003 play of the same name into this documentary of his father's life.

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