from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Trumbo, Dalton 1905-1976. American screenwriter who was blacklisted and imprisoned for his refusal to participate in Sen. Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist investigations. His screenplays include Spartacus (1960) and The Fixer (1968).

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  • n. United States screenwriter who was blacklisted and imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations of communism in America (1905-1976)


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  • Whatever the case, the decision to name Trumbo started the ball rolling to end the blacklist, although many film industry workers never recovered their careers.

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  • "Trumbo" doesn't pretend to be tough-minded about its subject, and its failure to date the letters is an annoyance.

    'Hancock' Is as Dislikable as Its Superhero

  • : [My play] "Trumbo" began as part of a 1997 benefit at the University of Southern California to celebrate an artistic installation [dedicated to the Hollywood Ten] by the conceptual artist Jenny Holzer.

    Revisiting the Hollywood Blacklist

  • This week I watched the DVD of a wonderful documentary film -- "Trumbo," the story of Dalton Trumbo, the most famous of the "Hollywood 10" screenwriters who were blacklisted in the 1950s after being accused of being a communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

  • "Trumbo," about the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

    The Seattle Times

  • He may have drawn on that experience when he played black-listed Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo in last year's production of "Trumbo" in London.

  • For the past 30 years or so, Hollywood storytelling has been guided by a liberal mythos in which, for example, blacklisting communist screenwriters during the '50s was somehow morally worse than fellow-traveling with the Stalinist murderers of tens of millions ( "Trumbo"); Che Guevara was a dashing, romantic liberator instead of a charismatic killer ( "The Motorcycle Diaries"); and the worldwide violence currently being waged by Islamo-fascists is either a figment of our bigoted imaginations or the product of our evil deeds ( "V for Vendetta").

    Cold Fury

  • Factory, $19.99, rated PG); and "Trumbo," an excellent documentary from 2002 about the Oscar-winning writer (Magnolia Home Entertainment, $26.98, rated PG-13).


  • London specialists might think more along the lines of Martin Stoddard's California Writers, which examines London, Steinbeck, and Trumbo, among others.

    Interview With Historian and Writer Clarice Stasz

  • Trumbo: It was all such a bizarre occurrence, but it's actually part and parcel of political repression in this country, which begins much, much earlier--the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, President Wilson throwing people who disagreed with him during World War I into jail... it's a continuing process.

    Francine Hardaway: R.I.P. Christopher Trumbo: The Hollywood Ten and the Power of Words


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