Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo

Highest Rated: 100% Cowboy (1958)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Sandpiper (1965)

Birthday: Dec 9, 1905

Birthplace: Not Available

Colorado-born Dalton Trumbo began his professional life as a newspaper reporter and editor and, like a lot of people in those professsion, was drawn into the movie business in the mid '30s. His career as a screenwriter was rather routine during the later part of the decade, his most important scripts being Five Came Back (1939) and Kitty Foyle (1940). With the outbreak of World War II, the flashes of seriousness and spirituality that had shown up in his early work became more pronounced, and he wrote such classics as the fantasy A Guy Named Joe (1943) and the fact-based Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), which emphasized the need for sacrifice in order to win the war. Following the end of the war, Trumbo's career was blighted by the increasingly unfriendly political climate in Hollywood, where the studio heads had no use for men of ideas and ideals such as him. And then, in 1947, the roof fell in on him when he was called to testify about the alleged communist infiltration of the movie business and -- along with nine others -- refused to testify. Trumbo, who was suspect for his otherwise innocuous 1943 script for Tender Comrade (which was about communal living in wartime, not covert Communist propaganda), was cited for contempt of Congress and served a 10-month jail term. Officially unemployable by Hollywood, he moved to Mexico where he continued to write -- for fees far smaller than the $75,000 a year he'd been making from MGM before the contempt citation -- under assumed names. His script for The Brave One (1956, under the name Robert Rich) earned an Academy Award. That and other honors, most notably the Oscar earned by Michael Wilson's script for Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), helped undermine the blacklist, and Trumbo later worked openly on Exodus and Spartacus, two high-profile blockbuster productions released in 1960, as well as the more modest drama Lonely Are the Brave (1962). By the end of the '60s, with a new generation in control of Hollywood, Trumbo was welcomed back as a hero from a long war, and was permitted to direct a film adaptation of his 1939 antiwar novel Johnny Got His Gun (1971) -- the film was honored at Cannes, and got a huge amount of press coverage in the United States due to its seeming relevance to the Vietnam War, but many of the accolades were really intended to compensate for past injustice, rather than to recognize the movie, which was received as overly preachy and didactic, as well as unremittingly grim, by most viewers. Trumbo also contributed late in life to the political thriller Executive Action (1973), which dealt with an alleged conspiracy to murder President Kennedy, and the adventure drama Papillon (1973).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Imminent Threat Actor 2015
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
67% Always Screenwriter 1989
63% Executive Action Screenwriter 1973
80% Papillon Commandant Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet F.T.A. Screenwriter 1972
33% The Horsemen Screenwriter 1971
67% Johnny Got His Gun Director Orator Screenwriter 1971
57% The Fixer Screenwriter 1968
67% Hawaii Screenwriter 1966
10% The Sandpiper Screenwriter 1965
92% Lonely are the Brave Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet The Last Sunset Screenwriter 1961
67% Exodus Screenwriter 1960
95% Spartacus Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Career Screenwriter 1959
100% Cowboy Screenwriter 1958
No Score Yet The Brave One Screenwriter 1956
98% Roman Holiday Screenwriter 1953
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) Screenwriter 1951
100% He Ran All the Way Screenwriter 1951
97% Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Dream Girl Actor 1948
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Screenwriter 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade Screenwriter 1943
95% I Married a Witch Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Screenwriter 1942
80% Kitty Foyle Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Five Came Back Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet A Man to Remember Screenwriter 1938


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