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Dalton Trumbo Had It Coming
Human Events ^ | November 6, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan

Posted on 11/06/2015 9:52:02 AM PST by EveningStar

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1 posted on 11/06/2015 9:52:02 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
"Dalton Trumbo was a socialist, but he loved being rich."

There's a lot of that going around.

Capitalism for me, socialism for the rest of you.

2 posted on 11/06/2015 9:53:09 AM PST by Steely Tom (Vote GOP: A Slower Handbasket)
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To: EveningStar
Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Trumbo was a Stalinist ...
Mere semantics. The CPSU had its birthplace in the Social Democratic Labor Party of Russia, which split into the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. The chief tenet of Stalinism was so-called “socialism in one country”.
3 posted on 11/06/2015 9:56:16 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: EveningStar

Bump


4 posted on 11/06/2015 9:57:12 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: Olog-hai

I watched “Enemy At The Gates” last night.

I thought it was interesting that they all called Stalin “The Boss” kind of like they call labor leaders bosses.


5 posted on 11/06/2015 10:03:07 AM PST by cripplecreek (Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.)
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6 posted on 11/06/2015 10:03:40 AM PST by smartyaz
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7 posted on 11/06/2015 10:06:51 AM PST by smartyaz
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To: EveningStar

I remember an interview with actor Robert Mitchum, who said: “ Back in the 1940’s, it was kinda hard to sympathize with screenwriters who made 50 or 60,000 a year, and then sneak out at night to attend a Communist Party meeting.”


8 posted on 11/06/2015 10:12:22 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (My Batting Average( 1,000) since Nov 2014 (GOPe is that easy to read))
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To: EveningStar

Trumbo followed the usual course of Stalinist stooges - he hated the Nazis until the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact at which point he became an ‘isolationist’ against any interventions in Europe. But when Germany invaded Russia he became a fervent warhawk. The US had to go save the Motherland of Socialism, doncha see?

He was absolute scum and, in a just, sane world, would have ended his days on a gallows.


9 posted on 11/06/2015 10:13:30 AM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: EveningStar

Trumbo *was* a Stalinist stooge, but he did write some great screenplays for movies many of us enjoy even today.


10 posted on 11/06/2015 10:27:00 AM PST by twister881
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True.


11 posted on 11/06/2015 10:27:34 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: Steely Tom

That sure seems to be the attitude in all the hipster neighborhoods I’ve been to.


12 posted on 11/06/2015 10:34:01 AM PST by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: EveningStar

Trumbo came up with the line “I AM SPARTACUS!” in his screenplay. it i s not in the Howard Fast novel SPARTACUS.

I myself prefer “The Gladiators” by Arthur Koestler for a Spartacus novel.

Trumbo also wrote the screenplay for LONELY ARE THE BRAVE in which a military officer Dusalius sends in a military helicopter to hunt down Kirk Douglas in violation of the Posse Comitatus act.


13 posted on 11/06/2015 10:45:10 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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The only two movies he was involved in that anyone still watches are Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

And they don't watch them for the writing, which is melodramatic and clunky in both.

People watch Roman Holiday because it stars Audrey Hepburn in her prime.

People watch Spartacus because it is the first film where they gave Kubrick a budget - the script is besides the point: it's the visuals.

14 posted on 11/06/2015 10:48:23 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

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15 posted on 11/06/2015 10:50:04 AM PST by EveningStar
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‘Gun Crazy’ and ‘Lonely Are the Brave’ have huge followings among film buffs. The former is highly influential.


16 posted on 11/06/2015 10:57:27 AM PST by Borges
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Trumbo's aggressive anti-war screed Johnny Got His Gun was serialized by him in 1940.

He wrote it as propaganda to convince the American public not to intervene against the Nazis.

Less than a year later, he was gung-ho for intervention because the Nazis had turned on Stalin.

No conscience, no shame.

17 posted on 11/06/2015 10:57:56 AM PST by wideawake
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I’ve always thought ‘Roman Holiday’ is a bit charmless and mechanical. If I want that sort of thing I’ll watch a Lubitsch or Billy Wilder film.


18 posted on 11/06/2015 10:59:30 AM PST by Borges
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

So many of those lefty screenwriters had heavy-handed tendencies towards messaging. An early Trumbo script, for a little b-film, “Sorority House” (1939) even exuded this, with its characters being subserviant to the class-conscious ‘message’ it was hammering. Same thing with Lillian Hellman’s “These Three,” or John Howard Lawson’s “Success at any Price.” Always gets on my nerves when I sense that a character is just a mouthpiece for propaganda, and that’s the norm for those left-wing writers. It’s the way their idiotic brains worked. Revolution first and foremost... human character and drama a side-issue.


19 posted on 11/06/2015 10:59:36 AM PST by greene66
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To: Borges

“Gun Crazy” is great because of Joseph H. Lewis’ inspired direction. Not because of the script.


20 posted on 11/06/2015 11:00:31 AM PST by greene66
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