Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976

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James Dalton Trumbo was born Dec. 9, 1905, in Montrose, CO; attended Univ. of Colorado, UCLA, and USC; worked as a newpaper reporter and editor; started screenwriting in 1935; became one of the Hollywood Ten and was blacklisted by the motion picture industry (1947); served a 10-month jail sentence for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for his alleged membership in the Communist Party; while serving his sentence at the Federal Penitentiary in Ashland, KY, he used a pseudonym and smuggled out a script for sale underground; after his release he moved to Mexico and continued writing scripts under various pseudonyms; his story, The brave one (1956), won an Academy Award under the pseudonym, Robert Rich; Trumbo was one of the first blacklisted writers to emerge from the underground when he received screen credit for his work on the 1960 releases of Spartacus and Exodus; in the early 1970s, he directed a screen adaption of his novel, Johnny got his gun (1956), which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival; a collection of his letters from 1942-62 was published as, Additional dialogue (1970); underwent surgery for lung cancer and died of a heart attack three years later in 1976.

From the description of Papers, 1934-1976. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39213533

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James Dalton Trumbo was born December 9, 1905, in Montrose, Colorado; attended University of Colorado, UCLA, and USC; worked as a newpaper reporter and editor; started screenwriting in 1935; became one of the Hollywood Ten and was blacklisted by the motion picture industry (1947); served a 10-month jail sentence for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for his alleged membership in the Communist Party; while serving his sentence at the Federal Penitentiary in Ashland, Kentucky, he used a pseudonym and smuggled out a script for sale underground; after his release he moved to Mexico and continued writing scripts under various pseudonyms; his story, The brave one (1956), won an Academy Award under the pseudonym, Robert Rich; Trumbo was one of the first blacklisted writers to emerge from the underground when he received screen credit for his work on the 1960 releases of Spartacus and Exodus ; in the early 1970s, he directed a screen adaption of his novel, Johnny got his gun (1956), which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival; a collection of his letters from 1942-62 was published as, Additional dialogue (1970); underwent surgery for lung cancer and died of a heart attack three years later in 1976.

From the guide to the Dalton Trumbo Papers, 1934-1976, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Crest Theatre. The Biggest Thief in Town / by Dalton Trumbo, 1955 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Papers, 1934-1976. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. The story of Will Adams : typescript, [1975]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Ishi : screenplay, [ca. 1965] / by Dalton Trumbo and Christopher Trumbo. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Christensen, Otto Augustus, 1851-1918. Otto A. Christensen and family papers, 1854-1964. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Dalton Trumbo Papers, 1934-1976 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Morgana : a play in three acts / by Dalton Trumbo. California State University, Long Beach
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Thirty seconds over Tokyo : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1943 Aug. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn The E.Y. Harburg Collection, 1929-1968 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell. Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell records, 1946-1969. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Shumlin, Herman, 1898-. Papers, 1930-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. The horsemen : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1970 Mar. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Lonely are the brave : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1962 Feb. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. A guy named Joe : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1942 Dec. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. [Untitled play] : typescript, [19--]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. The biggest thief in town : a comedy : typescript, [1948]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Curtain call : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1938 July 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985. Papers, 1932-1985. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn [Papers for cinema]. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Kitty Foyle : typescript, 1940 July 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Campbell, Bruce, 1958-. Bruce Campbell Dalton Trumbo Ephemera Collection, 1970-1980. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Schaffner, Franklin J., 1920-1989. Papillon / Franklin J. Schaffner, réal. ; Henri Charrière, aut. adapté ; Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr, scénario ; Jerry Goldsmith, comp. ; Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory... et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Trumbo, Christopher. Trumbo / by Christopher Trumbo, 2003. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Schaffner, Franklin J., 1920-1989. Papillon / Franklin J. Schaffner, réal. ; Henri Charrière, aut. adapté ; Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr, scénario ; Jerry Goldsmith, comp. ; Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory... et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Biberman, H. J. (Herbert J.). Herbert Biberman and Gale Sondergaard papers, 1908-1981. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Veterans for Peace in Vietnam (New York, N.Y.). Records, 1965-1972. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955. Joseph Henry Jackson papers, circa 1931-1955. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Aching rivers : typescript, [195-?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Johnny got his gun : mimeograph copy of typescript, 1968 Apr. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Johnny got his gun : mimeograph copy of typescript, [1968]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Exodus: mimeograph copy of typescript, [1960-1961]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985. Papers, 1929-1991. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bruce Campbell Dalton Trumbo Ephemera Collection, 1970-1980 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Hawaii, [1965] / by Dalton Trumbo ; adapted from the book by James A. Michener. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Papers, 1905-1962. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Kenny, Robert W. (Robert Walker), 1901-1976. Robert W. Kenny and Robert S. Morris papers, 1940-1957. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Johnny got his gun / by Dalton Trumbo, adapted for the stage by James Cromwell, 1982. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Johnny got his gun : typescript, 1970 June 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985. person
associatedWith Biberman, H. J. (Herbert J.) person
associatedWith Burden, Carter, person
associatedWith Campbell, Bruce, 1958- person
associatedWith Christensen, Otto Augustus, 1851-1918. person
associatedWith Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Crest Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Crisp, Donald, 1880-1974, person
associatedWith Cromwell, James. person
associatedWith E. Y. Harburg person
associatedWith Harburg, E. Y. (Edgar Yipsel), 1896-1981. person
associatedWith Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. person
associatedWith Huston, John, 1906-1987. person
associatedWith Ishi, d. 1916. person
associatedWith Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955. person
associatedWith Kahn, Gordon. person
associatedWith Kanin, Garson, 1912- . person
associatedWith Kempton, Murray, 1917-1997. person
associatedWith Kenny, Robert W. (Robert Walker), 1901-1976. person
associatedWith Kessel, Joseph, 1898-1979. person
associatedWith Kroeber, Theodora. person
associatedWith Lardner, Ring, 1915-2000. person
associatedWith Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977. person
associatedWith Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985. person
associatedWith McWilliams, Carey, 1905- . person
associatedWith Merrick, David, 1911-2000. person
associatedWith Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997. person
associatedWith Mirisch Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Schary, Dore. person
associatedWith Shumlin, Herman, 1898- . person
associatedWith Trumbo, Christopher. person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities. corporateBody
associatedWith Veterans for Peace in Vietnam (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Zimbalist, Sam. person
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World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
War correspondents
Screenwriters--Archival resources
World ar, 1914-1918--Hospitals--Drama
Blacklisting of authors
Motion picture music
Arm--Amputation--Drama
Motion picture plays
Motion pictures--Censorship
Screenwriters
Prisoners
Leg--Amputation--Drama
Soldiers--Wounds and injuries--Drama
Yana Indians
Academy Awards (Motion pictures)
Occupation
Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources
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Birth 1905-12-09

Death 1976-09-10

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