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Dalton TrumboBlacklisted Hollywood Radical$
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Larry Ceplair and Christopher Trumbo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813146805

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813146805.001.0001

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Using and Revealing Robert Rich

Using and Revealing Robert Rich

(p.337) 17 Using and Revealing Robert Rich
Dalton Trumbo

Larry Ceplair

Christopher Trumbo

University Press of Kentucky

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences joined the blacklist enterprise when its governors enacted a bylaw preventing blacklisted people from being nominated for Academy Awards, beginning with Michael Wilson’s script for Friendly Persuasion. A few months later, “Robert Rich” won an Academy Award, and Trumbo, with the help of television reporter Bill Stout, exploited those events. He gave speeches on the subject and wrote articles, including his last great attack on the domestic cold war, which was published in the Nation. The script for The Defiant Ones, cowritten by the blacklisted Ned Young, gave Trumbo new ammunition for his campaign to get the Academy to rescind its bylaw. When it did so, Trumbo announced that he was “Robert Rich.”

Keywords:   Dalton Trumbo, Friendly Persuasion, Robert Rich, Bill Stout, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Honor Bright, and All that Jazz”, The Defiant Ones

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