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Starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Maldonado, David James Elliott, Christian Berkel, Dean O'Gorman
Screenplay by John McNamara
Based on the book "Dalton Trumbo" by Bruce Cook
Directed by Jay Roach

IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated R. 124 minutes]

The first interview yours Cranky ever did was with the film director Otto Preminger. I was 15. Preminger had made appearances on a television show called Batman. That's all I knew in 1972. That he had a part in ending an infamous part of Hollywood history was news to me, even with a couple of years of college level film history courses under my belt.The Brave One in 1975 died 1976 age 70 wife Cloo accepted his Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1993

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg) named names and even that didn't get him work, Rocco (David Maldonado), Cleo Trumbo (Diane Lane), gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) ran roughshod over Hollywood in ways that are beyond comprehension to any millenial, Hopper's pin-up all-American John Wayne (David James Elliott) gets gently savaged by John McNamara's screenplay.

Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman) and Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel) broke the back of the blacklist

[[[In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne (David James Elliott), Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman) and Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel)

One of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten, Trumbo, who wrote such hits as Roman Holiday (1953) and Spartacus (1960), was forced to write his screenplays under different pseudonyms. In the film, producer Frank King (John Goodman) asks Trumbo incredulously, "You don't want your name on it?" And Trumbo replies, "No, you don't want my name on it."]]

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Trumbo, he would have paid . . .


The very first famous person yours Cranky ever interviewed was director Otto Preminger who, to a 15 year old kid with a cassette machine, was famous for his appearances as a guest villain on the 1960s "Batman" television program. Just FYI.

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