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The Letters of Dalton Trumbo
Written by: Christopher Trumbo
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins

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Christopher Trumbo selected and wrote the background text introducing these letters by his father, blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Bright with the fireworks of rhetoric, wit, idealism, and outrage, the letters span 13 years (one of them spent in prison). In them Trumbo ponders life after prison, berates smug and cowardly producers, vouchsafes irreverent advice to his son at college on winning at poker and masturbating without guilt, and justifies his refusal in 1960 to grovel before studio bosses. The fine performances of the spoken text, delivered before a live audience, are intercut with vintage radio clips of famous stars (Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Robert Young) praising free speech and questioning the tactics of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Publisher's Summary

In 1947, witty, outspoken, irascible Dalton Trumbo (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Roman Holiday and Spartacus) went to prison for defying the House Committee on Un-American Activities and became one of the famed Hollywood Ten. Through his wildly funny and thought-provoking correspondence, Trumbo's son has created a touching portrait of an extraordinary man.
(P)1999 L.A. Theatre Works; All Rights Reserved

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  • David Howard
  • 04-01-16

really enjoyable treatment of Trumbo's life

so great to listen Trumbo's actual words. While his fight for justice has been told time and time again, this book reveals why he was such a special talent. Hopefully the long form book will also be released.

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  • 22-05-07

A True American

These letters from Dalton Trumbo--read by his son--show the essence of the man and his belief in and willingness to sacrifice for, the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution. Trumbo's perserverence, humor, and refusal to buckle (under threat of imprisonment for refusing to answer questions from congressional committees) remains an inspiration to us all.