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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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The Fixer and the Laurel Award

The Fixer and the Laurel Award

(p.454) 22 The Fixer and the Laurel Award
Dalton Trumbo

Larry Ceplair

Christopher Trumbo

University Press of Kentucky

Trumbo’s next important assignment was his most prestigious—adapting Bernard Malamud’s novel The Fixer for Eddie Lewis and John Frankenheimer. Trumbo faced a difficult task, and Malamud did not entirely approve of Trumbo’s approach. The movie was not a box-office success. Nor was Trumbo’s next project—an adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s novel The Horsemen, also for Lewis and Frankenheimer. However, the publication of a selection of Trumbo’s letters, titled Additional Dialogue, received accolades from critics. Trumbo became involved with the black civil rights movement and the anti–Vietnam War movement, but comedian Steve Allen use Trumbo’s political past to blackball him from participating in Tom Bradley’s campaign for mayor of Los Angeles. In February 1970 the Writers Guild of America bestowed on Trumbo the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement. His acceptance speech was highly controversial.

Keywords:   Dalton Trumbo, Bernard Malamud, Eddie Lewis, John Frankenheimer, The Fixer, The Horsemen, Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda, Tom Bradley, Steve Allen, Laurel Award

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