This footage, captured on October 28th, 1947, shows Trumbo appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
American Masters: Trumbo is adapted from his son Christopher’s 2003 play and based on the remarkable letters Dalton Trumbo wrote during the devastation wrought by the ‘Red Scare’ in mid-20th century. With credits for Kitty Foyle and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo to his name – and the anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun – the […]
Veteran film actors, including Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, and Joan Allen, interpret Dalton Trumbo’s writing in these scenes from the film. WGA Laurel Award Acceptance Speech (David Strathairn) Actor David Strathairn re-enacts Dalton Trumbo’s famous 1970 WGA Laurel Award acceptance speech in which the screenwriter resolutely proclaimed the blacklist a time of evil to which […]
Actors Liam Neeson and Donald Sutherland perform a pair of Trumbo letters in these outtakes from the film. Birthday Letter (Liam Neeson) Liam Neeson performs a rhyming birthday poem Dalton Trumbo wrote for his beloved son Christopher, recounting the day the boy was born. Sequence of Conflicts Letter (Donald Sutherland) In 1962, Trumbo attached a […]
Dalton Trumbo was born in Montrose, Colorado in 1905. Shortly thereafter his parents moved to Grand Junction, the largest town on Colorado’s western slope. After graduating from high school, his mother and father completed the westward trek which the family had begun two hundred years before, and moved to Los Angeles. He attended the University […]
How did you first become involved with Christopher Trumbo and the stage play TRUMBO? A New York based producer asked me to direct it – this was prior to 9/11, and, I read an early draft of Chris’ play while I was in London directing HEDWIG. Since the play was based on some of his […]