Sixty-five years ago, the town's studio chiefs, executives and guilds joined a communist witch hunt launched by THR's legendary owner, Billy Wilkerson.
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had it all — wealth, fame, Oscars. But he refused to name names for the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War, and was branded a national threat. Now, with Jay Roach directing, the man whose name was banned on a big screen for years has his own movie.
Blacklisted in Hollywood in 1947, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is interviewed by CBS reporter Bill Stout in January, 1959. Using the pseudonym Robert Rich, Trumbo wrote the film "The Brave One," for which he won an Oscar for Best Story in 1956. The Academy did not give him the Oscar until 1975, a year before his death.