The Blacklist’s Dalton Trumbo, Behind the Story

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad will star in movie about writer Dalton Trumbo who was one of the Hollywood Blacklist 10. Article by Ronald Radosh on the real life of Dalton Trumbo is excellent. Trumbo was an excellent writer, but he was a Communist through and through. Except at the end, he had private misgivings and second thoughts about Communism because of how he was attacked when he wasn't useful to them. Dalton was so freedom loving that he called the FBI and gave it the names of people who wrote to him asking for a copy of his book, Johnny Got His Gun (obviously why Emily Miller of Wash.Times named her book, Emily Got Her Gun). Trumbo said that Arthur Koestler (of Darkness at Noon) was reactionary and untrue. Communist Party members were routinely expelled for using the words, whitewash and black sheep. Irony Alert: Trumbo was attacked for writing that a black child was 'clean'. (He actually did not write that but he was attacked for it. Qualms Joe Biden?)

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Speaking of lists: 4 1/2 minute video on preparations in Wittenberg for 2017 tourism, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, starting the Reformation. As a Protestant, I’m interested though I don’t know if I will go. Anyway, a couple of interesting things in the vid. Referring to the Protestant work and save ethic, it mentions that it is even stronger in Germany because the German word for debt (schulden) is the same as (or pronounced the same as) moral failure. Also, the vid/writeup mentions that Germany is spending 7 million dollars (euro equiv) a year to prepare, as if that is some huge sum that can be wasteful. Ummm, how much money is unaccounted for from TARP? I don’t think German aversion to debt is going to disappear anytime soon.

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