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Nonetheless, Douglas became the public face of the blacklist rebellion, which would have taken some courage in itself, even if just as one member of a growing movement. The blacklist was effectively broken. If you have a story suggestion entertainment. That perhaps paved the way for what Womman did next.
It wasn't until later I realised the ificance of that impulsive gesture. Trumbo's daughter, Melissa, said that when his book was published, she "threw it across the room". Douglas urgently needed someone to rescue the script before the historical epic went into production.
InTrumbo's widow Cleo wrote a letter to the LA Times saying "no single person can be credited with breaking the blacklist". But the blacklist was broken.
A gossip columnist, Walter Winchell, ran an item in March outing him as the screenwriter. In Augustthe studio Universal-International announced that the writer would receive a full screen credit as Dalton Trumbo. The star originally enlisted the author to adapt his own work for the big screen, but Fast was not used to writing screenplays and struggled with the format.
That sparked a sequence of events which helped end the so-called Hollywood blacklist - the s ban on scriptwriters and film-makers with alleged communist sympathies. But Trumbo had been a member of the Communist Party in the s, so was blacklisted by Hollywood at the end of the decade. In his memoir I Am Spartacus!
Related Topics. Those named could no longer work in Hollywood - at least not using their real names.
The actor, who died on Wednesday agedhad optioned the rights to Howard Fast's novel - and the film would go on to become Douglas's best-known movie. It was a tremendous risk.
And if they did keep working under pseudonyms, they had to do so at very cheap rates. Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle inDouglas said: "I have been working in Hollywood over 60 years and I've made over 85 pictures, but the thing I'm most proud of is breaking the blacklist.
Douglas said he told Trumbo that once the film was finished, "not only am I going to tell them that resl written it, but we're putting your name on it". It was one of the most ificant acts in ending the use young girls chat the blacklist, which had had such an oppressive effect in Hollywood.
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He and nine other writers and directors, collectively known as the Hollywood Ten, were jailed for contempt of Congress in after refusing to co-operate with authorities, who were on the hunt for communists and sympathisers.