Written by Dalton Trumbo

Written by Dalton Trumbo

12 Episodes

Perhaps no figure represents the indignities suffered by the victims of the Hollywood blacklist more fully than Dalton Trumbo. Having established himself as one of the industry’s most talented screenwriters with his scripts for popular successes like KITTY FOYLE and THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Trumbo found his career abruptly derailed when, in 1947, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding his left-wing political beliefs, making him one of the most prominent members of the so-called Hollywood Ten, who were imprisoned and then barred from working within the studio system. For the next decade, Trumbo continued to work secretly using a variety of pseudonyms and other screenwriters as fronts, penning classics like GUN CRAZY, HE RAN ALL THE WAY, and ROMAN HOLIDAY (the last of which won an Academy Award for best story that was only awarded to Trumbo years after his death). Readmitted to the industry in the early sixties, he delivered a screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s SPARTACUS that thundered with conviction. Today, Trumbo’s name is synonymous with the injustices of political persecution—and the courage it took to resist during one of the darkest chapters in American history.

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Written by Dalton Trumbo
  • Written by Dalton Trumbo Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Kitty Foyle

    Episode 2

    Directed by Sam Wood • 1940 • United States
    Starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig

    One woman, two men who love her. Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers in an Academy Award–winning performance) must decide between competing offers of marriage from handsome, wealthy Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan...

  • Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1944 • United States
    Starring Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Tim Murdock

    Based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid, THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO is a stirring account of one of the most pivotal military actions of World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a...

  • Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

    Episode 4

    Directed by Roy Rowland • 1945 • United States
    Starring Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O’Brien, James Craig

    The last script that Dalton Trumbo wrote before he was blacklisted is a tender evocation of rural American life adapted from George Victor Martin’s novel of the same name. As seen through th...

  • He Ran All the Way

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Berry • 1951 • United States
    Starring John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford

    John Garfield’s final film before his blacklisting and untimely death is a slam-bang pulp noir crackling with tightly wound tension. In one of his finest performances, Garfield plays a hardened so...

  • Roman Holiday

    Episode 6

    Directed by William Wyler • 1953 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

    Audrey Hepburn shot to stardom with her Academy Award–winning performance in this romantic-comedy classic. While on an official visit to Rome, an adventure-seeking princess (Hepburn) slips away f...

  • The Green-Eyed Blonde

    Episode 7

    Directed by Bernard Girard • 1957 • United States
    Starring Susan Oliver, Melinda Casey, Beverly Long

    Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (working under the pseudonym “Sally Stubblefield”) tells a rough-edged tale of life inside a 1950s women’s reformatory. Set in the Martha Washington School ...

  • Cowboy

    Episode 8

    Directed by Delmer Daves • 1958 • United States
    Starring Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi

    Tempers flare and fists fly in this action-packed sagebrush classic directed with lean, mean grit by genre master Delmer Daves. Glenn Ford stars as Tom Reese, a range-hardened trail boss who has just ar...

  • Spartacus

    Episode 9

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1960 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

    Stanley Kubrick took the sword and sandals epic to new heights with this thrilling pop-culture touchstone. A commanding Kirk Douglas delivers his most iconic performance as the eponymous glad...

  • The Last Sunset

    Episode 10

    Directed by Robert Aldrich • 1961 • United States
    Starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone

    Sexual and psychological neuroses simmer on the range in this fascinating Freudian western. Kirk Douglas is the philosophy-spouting gunfighter who faces off against Rock Hudson’s vengeance-driven...

  • Lonely Are the Brave

    Episode 11

    Directed by David Miller • 1962 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau

    Kirk Douglas’s personal favorite among his own films is a strikingly introspective and affecting western. He delivers one of his finest performances as the modern-day cowboy Jack Burns, who finds...

  • Trumbo

    Episode 12

    Directed by Peter Askin • 2007 • United States

    The voice behind such classics as ROMAN HOLIDAY, SPARTACUS, and GUN CRAZY, Dalton Trumbo was one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters when his life and career were derailed by the Hollywood blacklist. Written by Trumbo’s son, Christopher Tru...