- 1. What do you want, Rocco?
- 2. What we all want.
- 3. To not die young, poor or alone.
- 4. Manny...
- 5. These guys, they...
- 6. I don't give them what they're after,
- 7. they'll kill me.
- 8. Hold it, Rocco.
- 9. We don't fight these guys.
- 10. Sure, maybe you get that...
- 11. - Shit. God damn it.
- 12. - Props!
- 13. Sorry, everyone.
- 14. - We're going again, Eddie.
- I don't know what happened.
- 15. Sorry, Sam.
- 16. Of course, the one day
the author is among us.
- 17. Among us. Sure as hell ain't one of us.
- 18. What's my brilliant line, Trumbo?
- 19. Oh! I've got it right here.
- 20. "Hold it, Rocco. Now if...
If we don't fight these guys,
- 21. "sure, maybe you get that
long, happy life we all want."
- 22. So, what do you got me fighting for then?
- 23. Well, peace on Earth.
Good will toward men.
- 24. Well, you can't do that. This is America.
- 25. All right. How about sex and money?
- 26. There you go. Two things we all love.
- 27. Well...
- 28. One of your little sermons on citizenship.
- 29. All right, going again.
- 30. Mayer lined up the A Team.
- 31. Sam Wood to shoot,
Dalton Trumbo for rewrites.
- 32. I had no crew, I couldn't work.
- 33. So, good, fingers crossed
- 34. You wouldn't work.
- 35. God forbid you cross a picket
line for set builders.
- 36. What the hell do set builders
have to do with writing?
- 37. What writers write, builders build.
- 38. What they build, you shoot.
- 39. Now, you make all the money
you possibly can.
- 40. So do I. Why shouldn't they?
And why can't we help them?
- 41. Listen to you, the swimming pool Soviet.
- 42. Oh, for God's sakes, you won!
- 43. Sam, the strike is over.
- 44. And you just might try
being a gracious winner!
- 45. You know, it's never over with you people!
- 46. Strike after strike after strike!
- 47. "You people"?
- 48. Whatever it takes to seek justice!
- 49. Hey, you know what?
- 50. - We've all...
- Laugh it up.
- 51. - Why don't we all take six months off?
- Oh, come on, Sam!
- 52. - I'm gonna go on strike...
- Good for you.
- 53. against people who go on strike.
- 54. Sam, Sam...
- 55. And I won't cross your picket line either.
- 56. Oh, give me that, Trumbo! You're just...
- 57. - Sam! Sam!
- You know what? You know what?
- 58. I've spent a hell of a long time... What?
- 59. You're not helping... Eddie...
- 60. Sam, Sam. We gotta talk about
those scenes tomorrow.
- 61. Disaster. Who the hell wrote that crap?
- 62. But, uh, first...
- 63. - Whoa, whoa!
- May I have this dance?
- 64. Eddie... You're spilling my drink.
- 65. Having fun?
- 66. Eternally.
- 67. Miss Hopper.
- 68. Dateline, Hollywood.
- 69. The offices of top columnist Hedda Hopper.
- 70. Greetings from our film capital,
where all is sun and fun.
- 71. Or is it? You see the famous faces here?
- 72. Danny Kaye, Humphrey Bogart,
his dishy bride Lauren Bacall.
- 73. All of whom have declared solidarity
with film crews picketing for higher wages
- 74. in walkouts that quickly turned violent.
- 75. Because these strikes were, in fact,
the work of dangerous radicals.
- 76. Here, we see actor Edward G. Robinson,
star of Double Indemnity.
- 77. And this is writer Dalton Trumbo,
- 78. who is, like many of those
strikers and their supporters,
- 79. a registered communist.
- 80. Who exactly is behind these walkouts?
- 81. You actually create something...
- 82. - And why?
- ... and they reap all the profits.
- 83. Now, is that fair?
- 84. - No!
- 85. Our elected leaders will find out.
- 86. Congressman J. Parnell Thomas and his
House Un-American Activities Committee.
- 87. Communism is not some faraway threat.
- 88. Its most dangerous agents are here,
- 89. controlling the airwaves
and movie screens.
- 90. Taking over its employees
and their unions.
- 91. They need to be identified
as the enemies they are.
- 92. Communists, their goal: world domination.
- 93. The frontline of a new kind of war.
- 94. A cold war.
- 95. A conspiracy to corrupt democratic values
- 96. and bring about
the overthrow of this nation.
- 97. Mitzi fell asleep.
- 98. Hey! That you in the news reel?
- 99. Yes, it was.
- 100. Traitor.
- 101. Oh, my God! Honey.
- 102. No, I'm all right,
I'm all right. No harm done.
- 103. Are you sure? Oh.
- 104. Come on. Let's go.
- 105. - Dad?
- 106. Are you a communist?
- 107. I am.
- 108. Is that against the law?
- 109. It is not.
- 110. The lady with the big hat said
you were a dangerous radical.
- 111. Are you?
- 112. Radical? Maybe.
- 113. Dangerous. Only to men who fling Cokes.
- 114. I love our country.
- 115. And it's a good government.
- 116. But anything good could be better,
don't you think?
- 117. Is Mom a communist?
- 118. No.
- 119. Am I?
- 120. Well, why don't we give you
the official test?
- 121. Mom makes your favorite lunch.
- 122. Ham and cheese.
- 123. Ham and cheese.
- 124. And at school, you see someone
with no lunch at all.
- 125. What do you do?
- 126. Share.
- 127. Share?
- 128. Well, you don't tell them
to just go get a job?
- 129. No.
- 130. Oh. You offer them a loan at 6%.
Oh, that's very clever.
- 131. Dad.
- 132. Ah, then you just ignore them.
- 133. No.
- 134. Well, well.
- 135. You little commie.
- 136. Trumbo, as usual,
you only make sense to you.
- 137. Now, let them call you
a communist, me a Democrat.
- 138. They're both legitimate parties.
- 139. Yours is just meaner and duller, but
there's nothing illegal about any of it.
- 140. - Yet...
- 141. Tell your friend to dial down
the paranoia and have a drink.
- 142. I don't think he's being paranoid enough.
- 143. Not you too.
- 144. You're out of ice.
- 145. Now, I have taken the liberty
of drawing up a pamphlet.
- 146. The subject: Congress unaware
of a little thing
- 147. called the First Amendment.
- 148. They're aware of it.
They just don't give a shit.
- 149. All they care about is this
nice new war of theirs.
- 150. These guys love war
and this is a great one,
- 151. 'cause it's vague and it's scary
and it's expensive.
- 152. Anybody for it is a hero
and anybody against it is a traitor.
- 153. Exactly, thank you.
- 154. Arlen, not near the paintings.
- 155. And if you think this is about
the movies, you're an idiot.
- 156. Which is why I'm going to have
a little chat with the other side.
- 157. You don't mean the Alliance, do you?
- 158. I do.
- 159. Are you out of your mind?
- 160. Eddie, they're all actors
and writers and directors, just like us.
- 161. They're Nazis. They're just too cheap
to buy the uniforms.
- 162. They invited Congress out here.
- 163. And are they all Sam Woods
and Hedda Hoppers?
- 164. Please, let's not demonize
people we don't really know.
- 165. I say we go for it.
- 166. And you know who you're gonna
be talking to there, don't you?
- 167. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. John Wayne.
- 168. I wanna say one thing
about a place I love.
- 169. No, not Hollywood.
- 170. I like Hollywood, but I love America.
- 171. And when we talk about America,
I'm talking about freedom.
- 172. The kind of freedom we just
fought a world war to save.
- 173. You want to be a communist?
Go be a communist.
- 174. But some friends of mine in Washington
think you got some questions to answer.
- 175. I never knew he was this good.
- 176. You still want to be a commie...
- 177. - 'Cause he's not acting. That's him.
- ... go be one in Russia.
- 178. But off you go and enjoy
the Bolshoi Ballet.
- 179. Excuse me, sir, would you like to
read about the First Amendment?
- 180. - Sir, a little education.
- You know your rights?
- 181. Pamphlet on the First Amendment.
- 182. - A little light reading.
- Travels well.
- 183. Well, thank you, Sam.
- 184. Do svidanya.
- 185. It costs money to print those.
- 186. How'd you like to learn
about the First Amendment?
- 187. This is a nightmare.
- 188. Dalton.
- 189. Oh, Hedda. Good evening to you.
- 190. Eddie, darling!
- 191. Hedda.
- 192. New hat.
- 193. Ah, daily, darling, daily.
- 194. Been to the movies lately, Dalton?
- 195. Duke. Now, wasn't he magnificent?
- 196. Just saying what needs saying. Hi, Eddie.
- 197. Duke.
- 198. I hear you and your pals got a pamphlet.
- 199. - Any takers?
- Not yet.
- 200. Uh, would you like one, sir?
- 201. He's a writer.
- 202. You won't get any takers.
Not here, anyway.
- 203. Oh, why is that?
- 204. All it says is that Congress
has no right to investigate
- 205. how we vote or where we pray,
- 206. what we think, say or how we make movies.
- 207. Hello, I'm Dalton Trumbo.
- 208. Congress has the right to go after
anything they think is a threat.
- 209. Well, that's where we disagree
and that's the point.
- 210. We both have the right to be wrong.
- 211. You wanna talk about rights,
first tell me whose side you're on.
- 212. Russia's no friend, not anymore.
- 213. You'd better wake up.
- 214. 'Cause it's a new day. A new day!
- 215. And?
- 216. And maybe it's not for your kind.
- 217. My kind? What kind is that?
- 218. The kind that has no idea
why we just won a war.
- 219. It's curious, that's the second time
you mentioned that.
- 220. See, I was a war correspondent in Okinawa.
- 221. Hedda's son was stationed
in the Philippines.
- 222. Eddie was in Europe with
the Office of War Information.
- 223. Where did you serve again?
- 224. You trying to say something?
- 225. No, Duke, he wasn't.
- 226. Stay out of it, Eddie.
- 227. If you're going to talk about World War II
as if you personally won it,
- 228. let's be clear where you were stationed.
- 229. On a film set, shooting blanks,
- 230. And if you're going to hit me,
I would like to take off my glasses.
- 231. Duke, come on. Let's get out of here.
- 232. Thank you, Dalton. My next
column just wrote itself.
- 233. It's a good thing you didn't
want to demonize anybody
- 234. or else that could have been awkward.
- 235. Manny wouldn't say "amorous."
- 236. Hang on one second.
- 237. Paul, two packs, please.
- 238. - Here you are.
- Thank you.
- 239. Here you go.
- 240. Good God, she's everywhere.
- 241. Your next deal's gonna make you
the highest-paid writer in Hollywood.
- 242. Which will make you
the highest-paid writer in the world.
- 243. You earned it.
- 244. You don't just write happy endings,
you actually believe them.
- 245. That's what people pay to see.
- 246. That's why you belong here
at MGM. Right, L.B.?
- 247. I hate to make the wooing too easy
for you, but where do I sign?
- 248. Just one thing.
- 249. If you're gonna work for me,
- 250. I never, ever want to see
anything like this again.
- 251. You won't. I promise.
- 252. Good.
- 253. Just stop reading Hedda Hopper.
- 254. So, what did L.B. say then?
- 255. Jesus, don't.
- 256. I haven't eaten since.
My job's not hard enough?
- 257. Your job is not hard at all.
- 258. You think getting Mayer to sign you
after those headlines was easy?
- 259. You have a record-breaking
three-year contract to make shit up.
- 260. You're welcome.
- 261. Oh, honey, not now.
- 262. Please, Mom?
- 263. She really can.
- 264. - Ask her!
- Can what?
- 265. Cleo, is this true?
- 266. Watch this.
- 267. - Trumbo...
- Come on.
- 268. Of course, you realize this means war.
- 269. Behold!
- 270. I had a very unusual mother.
- 271. stage mother.
- 272. The misspent youth of a child acrobat.
- 273. My God, how long were you
in show business?
- 274. Till I was 15, but it was more
- 275. - Bravo!
- 276. Mr. Dalton Trumbo?
- 277. Yes?
- 278. I'll see you in Washington.
- 279. Enjoy your picnic.
- 280. Let's go, boys.
- 281. Yes, Mr. Stripling, sir.
- 282. Nineteen subpoenas have
been issued to those we believe
- 283. have knowledge of the ongoing
communist threat in Hollywood.
- 284. What kind of threat is that?
- 285. A conspiracy to corrupt democratic values
- 286. and bring about
the overthrow of this nation.
- 287. Using movies?
- 288. Any movie in particular or...
- 289. Movies are the most powerful
influence ever created.
- 290. And they are infested
with hidden traitors.
- 291. The House Un-American Activities
Committee has been formed to investigate
- 292. alleged communists working in Hollywood.
- 293. The newsreel cameras and an army
of newspapermen are on hand.
- 294. Mr. Reagan, has it been reported to you
- 295. that certain members of the Screen
Actors Guild are communists?
- 296. There has been a small group
more or less following the tactics
- 297. that we, uh, associate
with the Communist Party.
- 298. And would you refer to them
as a disrupting influence?
- 299. I would say that, at times, they have
attempted to be a disruptive influence.
- 300. Do you believe that
the motion picture industry
- 301. is doing everything it can to rid itself
- 302. of subversive un-American influences?
- 303. No. The communists are everywhere.
- 304. They report directly to Moscow.
- 305. On numerous occasions,
communist agitators have tried hard
- 306. to steer us into the red river.
- 307. We had a little too much weight for that.
- 308. Will you name a few of these agitators?
- 309. Well, Irving Pichel,
- 310. Edward Dmytryk, Frank Tuttle.
- 311. If I had my way about it,
they'd all be sent back to Russia
- 312. or some other unpleasant place.
- 313. We get our chance
to testify in three days.
- 314. And what we're about to do
won't make us too popular.
- 315. Okay, so we get slandered and then what?
- 316. You answer every question
they ask in your own way.
- 317. So, don't tell them shit.
- 318. Beautifully put.
- 319. Well, you know what they call that?
- 320. Yes.
- 321. In all likelihood, we'll be cited
for contempt of Congress.
- 322. There will be a trial.
- 323. What am I missing here?
- 324. All I'm hearing is jail.
- 325. Not necessarily.
- 326. In a lower court, yes,
we'll most likely lose.
- 327. - But on appeal...
- It'll work.
- 328. The Supreme Court is
a five-to-four liberal majority.
- 329. They think this committee
- 330. They want it killed.
- 331. Sounds great.
- 332. I'm out.
- 333. Niki.
- 334. Look, I can't afford this stuff
you guys are talking about.
- 335. The Supreme Court and legal fees...
- 336. You know, Dorothy's not gonna...
- 337. I mean, things already
aren't great, but you know...
- 338. If I dump all my savings into that,
she's gone with the kids.
- 339. I'll cover you.
- 340. Expenses, travel, legal fees, everything.
- 341. You don't even like me.
- 342. I like you fine. You don't like me.
- 343. No, you know what it is?
I don't trust you.
- 344. Well, I'd say go on,
but I'm afraid you will.
- 345. Look, I know what I am. Okay?
- 346. I want this whole country
to be different, top to bottom.
- 347. If I get what I want,
nobody gets their own lake.
- 348. Well, that would be a very
dull life, don't you think?
- 349. Yeah, for you.
- 350. Not for the guys who built this.
- 351. If I'm wrong, tell me, but ever since
I've known you, you talk like a radical.
- 352. But you live like a rich guy.
- 353. That is true.
- 354. Well, I don't know that you're...
- 355. I don't think you're willing to lose
all of this just to do the right thing.
- 356. Well, I despise martyrdom
and I won't fight for a lost cause.
- 357. So you're right.
- 358. I'm not willing to lose it all.
Certainly not them.
- 359. But I am willing to risk it all.
- 360. That's where the radical and the rich guy
make a perfect combination.
- 361. The radical may fight with
the purity of Jesus.
- 362. But the rich guy wins with
the cunning of Satan.
- 363. Oh, shit.
- 364. What?
- 365. Just please shut up. Please.
- 366. I'll do whatever you want.
- 367. Just please don't say shit
like that anymore.
- 368. I can't guarantee that.
- 369. In Washington,
10 of the original 19 subpoenaed
- 370. began their testimony before the House
Un-American Activities Committee.
- 371. Mr. Trumbo, raise your right hand.
- 372. Do you solemnly swear the testimony
you are about to give
- 373. is the truth, the whole truth,
nothing but the truth so help you God?
- 374. I do.
- 375. Sit down, please.
- 376. Mr. Trumbo, now I shall ask you
- 377. a series of various questions all of which
can be answered with a yes or a no.
- 378. Well, I shall answer yes or no
if I please to answer.
- 379. I shall answer in my own words.
- 380. Many questions can be answered yes
or no only by a moron or a slave.
- 381. That's enough!
- 382. Are you refusing to answer the question?
- 383. Mr. Chairman, I will refuse to answer
none of your questions.
- 384. Are you now or have you ever been
a member of the Communist Party?
- 385. May I introduce to evidence...
- 386. No. No! You are out of order!
- 387. - ... my work, my screenplays...
- No, no, no, no, no, no.
- 388. by which you are
making this determination?
- 389. No, the chair will rule.
- 390. - It's critical to...
- No, just a minute.
- 391. Your screenplays are too long.
- 392. I've heard that before.
- 393. Are you now or have you ever been
a member of the Communist Party?
- 394. Am I accused of a crime?
- 395. You're not asking the questions.
- 396. If so, I believe I have
the right to be confronted
- 397. with any evidence
that supports this question.
- 398. Are you refusing to answer the...
- 399. I should very much like
to see what you have.
- 400. Oh, you would? You will see very soon!
- 401. Good!
- 402. The witness is excused.
- 403. You believe this committee has
the right to compel testimony.
- 404. You are dismissed, sir!
Witness is dismissed!
- 405. To indict opinion,
to criminalize thought...
- 406. Guard, take him out!
- 407. but that right does not exist, sir!
- 408. Order!
- 409. And the moment it does, God help us all!
- 410. This is typical communist tactic!
- 411. This is the beginning of an
American concentration camp!
- 412. Order!
- 413. Uh, state your name, please.
- 414. Arlen Hird. I'm a screenwriter.
- 415. You understand, sir, that if you
don't answer my questions,
- 416. I can hold you in contempt of Congress?
- 417. I didn't refuse yet, did I?
- 418. Are you now or have you ever been
a member of the Communist Party?
- 419. Well, I'd like to answer you, Congressman,
but I need to consult with my physician.
- 420. - Your physician?
- 421. I don't understand.
- 422. To find out if he can surgically
remove my conscience.
- 423. This is a hostile witness.
- 424. This is typical communist tactics.
- 425. Arlen. Arlen, what is it?
- 426. It's cancer.
- 427. What?
- 428. Jesus...
- 429. How long have you known?
- 430. - Three months.
- 431. Mmm-hmm.
- 432. Are you receiving treatment?
- 433. Uh, I don't like the options.
- 434. It's lung cancer.
- 435. Bad if you operate, bad if you don't.
- 436. Well, is there anything I can do for you?
- 437. No! No, it's cancer.
- 438. Yeah, but...
- 439. Jesus.
- 440. You want to do something?
Make sure this plan works.
- 441. I'm out of options.
- 442. We were so young.
We thought we knew everything.
- 443. We did.
- 444. No, not me.
- 445. No, I didn't realize how much
I loved it all
- 446. until I reached a certain age,
and the roles started drying up.
- 447. I remember thinking, "Now what do you do
- 448. "when you love something
but it stops loving you back?"
- 449. You fight.
- 450. No, no, no. You love it more
until it surrenders.
- 451. Hedda, you never left MGM or my heart.
- 452. How's your boy?
- 453. Fine. Fine.
- 454. Still in the navy?
- 455. Yes, he's First Lieutenant.
- 456. You raised a real hero.
- 457. Which is why I would like to tell him
- 458. that we are doing as much
for this country as he is.
- 459. It's complicated.
- 460. Trumbo, the others, all have contracts.
- 461. Oh, L.B., you helped build
this business as did I.
- 462. We're not gonna watch
these pissants defile it.
- 463. I'm running a studio here, Hedda.
- 464. You think I love every person
on my payroll?
- 465. Grow up.
- 466. Then how about I make it crystal clear
to my 35 million readers
- 467. exactly who runs Hollywood
and won't fire these traitors?
- 468. How about I name names? Real names.
- 469. Jacob Warner, Jack Warner.
Schmuel Gelbfisz, Sam Goldwyn.
- 470. And of course, yours. Lazar Meir.
- 471. You watch what you say to me!
- 472. Forty years ago, you were
starving in some shtetl.
- 473. The greatest country on Earth
takes you in, gives you wealth, power.
- 474. But the second we need you,
you do nothing.
- 475. And that's exactly what my readers expect
- 476. from a business run by kikes.
- 477. Get out!
- 478. You know, L.B., I am fond of you.
- 479. Some of my happiest years
were spent on this lot.
- 480. Not in your office, of course.
- 481. You were always trying
to fuck me on the couch.
- 482. Me, trying to maintain my virtue...
- 483. But times change.
- 484. Now I'd happily fuck you.
- 485. All studios unanimously agree
to discharge the Hollywood Ten
- 486. without compensation,
- 487. No studio will ever employ
a member of the Communist Party
- 488. or anyone refusing to cooperate
- 489. in our struggle
with this terrible new menace.
- 490. He's been loved by film fans
for almost 20 years.
- 491. But have you noticed he hasn't
been on-screen much lately?
- 492. Bad box office?
- 493. No. Bad politics.
- 494. Bad news indeed
for Mr. Edward G. Robinson.
- 495. Thank you so much for coming.
- 496. The Hollywood Ten are going
to court for all of us.
- 497. It'll be long, expensive,
- 498. so please give as much as you
can to the defense fund.
- 499. Thank you for coming.
- 500. - Good night, my dear.
- Good luck.
- 501. - Good night, sir. Thank you.
- 502. Well, this little gathering
didn't quite have
- 503. the zip and zing of yesteryear, did it?
- 504. Where are all the liberals
all of a sudden?
- 505. At their lawyers' or psychiatrists'.
- 506. Hmm, likely both.
- 507. For the defense fund.
- 508. Eddie...
- 509. Have you been working?
- 510. Eh. It's a bit slow.
- 511. You sold one.
- 512. Oh, the van Gogh.
- 513. Got a good price.
- 514. Eddie...
- 515. Dear God, look at this.
Eddie, I can't let you do...
- 516. I'll be fine, kid, take it.
- 517. No, it's too much. It's just too much.
- 518. Take it.
- 519. Eddie, I...
- 520. Everything that you have...
- 521. What he's trying to say
is that he loves you.
- 522. I love him too, the warty son of a bitch.
- 523. Got a great offer on the Monet
if you want to bribe the jury.
- 524. In the matter of the United States
v. Dalton Trumbo,
- 525. we find the defendant guilty
of contempt of Congress.
- 526. Mr. Trumbo! Mr. Trumbo!
- 527. I'll meet you in the car.
- 528. Mr. Trumbo, are you
in contempt of Congress?
- 529. Well, I have total contempt
of this Congress.
- 530. I just thought the jury would see why.
- 531. The Supreme Court will drop kick
this verdict into speeding traffic
- 532. and end the most shameful chapter
in Congressional history.
- 533. Now, that's it, boys.
We have nothing else.
- 534. No, we're done, we're done.
- 535. How are you doing for money?
- 536. Broke as a bankrupt's bastard. Why?
- 537. Well, you owe me $30,000,
and this appeal's gonna be twice that.
- 538. Well, I'd better get to work.
- 539. Doing what? You have no talent
to do anything else.
- 540. Hollywood fights back!
- 541. This is Gregory Peck.
- 542. A state of near hysteria
- 543. over so-called communists in this country
threatens the freedom of other citizens.
- 544. So the Un-American Committee
bears its tragic fruit.
- 545. This is Lucille Ball.
- 546. All of us agree that the Constitution
of the United States must be defended.
- 547. But the way to do this is not by
shutting up the man you disagree with.
- 548. You must fight for his right
to speak and be heard.
- 549. All civil liberties go hand in hand.
- 550. And when one goes,
the others are weakened.
- 551. Just as a collapse
of one pillar in a house
- 552. would endanger the whole structure.
- 553. We'll send you home in a couple of days.
- 554. Well, it sounds like you're going to live.
- 555. Yeah, they got me just
well enough to go to prison.
- 556. How do you feel?
- 557. Breathing with one lung,
which is half as good as two.
- 558. Look, Arlen, I heard about Dorothy.
- 559. Yeah, she took off.
- 560. Her timing was always amazing.
- 561. I'm sorry.
- 562. No, well, I know. I mean,
how could you leave all this?
- 563. How's it going out there?
- 564. Everyone envies you.
- 565. Well, why wouldn't they?
- 566. I got the best room in the joint.
- 567. You should know. You paid for it.
- 568. - Congratulations, Buddy.
- Thank you, fellas.
- 569. Who needs the studios?
I am strictly independent.
- 570. Got cans of film,
wads of Wall Street dough,
- 571. and my favorite boss, me.
- 572. - Cheers.
- 573. And you, you crazy son of a bitch,
- 574. you're gonna write all of my movies
once this Washington crap clears up.
- 575. And how will that happen?
- 576. I'm not political, thank Jesus.
- 577. If they called me in,
accused me, I'd just say,
- 578. "Yup, did it. Sorry, didn't mean it."
- 579. So Congress then asks,
- 580. "Are you now or have you ever
been a Democrat?"
- 581. I am and, God, I just feel awful about it.
- 582. Then they want the names
of other Democrats.
- 583. Bill and Earl, Nate, Tom.
- 584. Then I say, "Go to hell."
- 585. Really?
- 586. How many banks fund enemies of the state?
- 587. Your money's gone unless you give
the names of your friends here.
- 588. They'll never work again,
but it's the only way you ever will.
- 589. We all know each other, our families.
- 590. We're friends.
- 591. What would you do, Buddy?
- 592. Only you.
- 593. Piss on the best day of a guy's life.
- 594. Only you!
- 595. Christ's sakes.
- 596. According to the protocol set forth...
- 597. And what does she say?
- 598. What does the princess say?
- 599. Shit... Shit!
- 600. Shouldn't be any likeness...
- 601. It concerns me a little bit.
- 602. Oh, good morning, Nikola.
- 603. I thought you weren't allowed
to write anymore.
- 604. Ah. No. No, just not allowed
to put my name on it,
- 605. or get paid.
- 606. How does that work?
- 607. Not very well.
- 608. It's funny. It's breezy and romantic.
- 609. Who wrote it?
- 610. You did, old boy.
- 611. You stick your name on my labor,
- 612. hand it in to your studio
and we're in business.
- 613. Look, it is just dumb luck that I wasn't
subpoenaed and blacklisted myself.
- 614. The hearings are going
to start up again soon.
- 615. I'm going to get called and canned.
- 616. Well, then quick, lad.
- 617. Let's sell this little beauty
and split the take, 50-50.
- 618. Ridiculous. I'll take 10%.
- 619. You'll take 20. No, 30!
And that's my final offer.
- 620. You're the worst businessman ever.
- 621. Mmm.
- 622. I hate the title.
- 623. Me too.
- 624. Really? What's wrong with it?
- 625. - The Princess and the Peasant.
- 626. God, please, Trumbo,
it sounds like a puppet show.
- 627. Well, then, change it.
- 628. I did.
- 629. Really? You think this title's better?
- 630. Roman Holiday.
- 631. I like it.
- 632. Who invited you?
- 633. I did.
- 634. She's my favorite Trumbo.
- 635. I'm introducing legislation so in
the event of a national emergency,
- 636. all communists will be sent
to internment camps.
- 637. And the president supports this?
- 638. He better.
- 639. Parnell, I need to speak to you privately
about your employees.
- 640. Excuse me, gentlemen.
- 641. As I said, Bob, these are legitimate
salaried employees from my home state.
- 642. What you didn't tell me is
that every one of them is a relative.
- 643. Which is completely legal.
- 644. Except that none of them pay taxes.
- 645. Don't say anything else without a lawyer.
- 646. - No.
- Mrs. Trumbo.
- 647. Mrs. Trumbo! Hi.
- 648. Jeff.
- 649. Ma'am, I gotta get paid.
- 650. Oh. I'm so sorry.
- 651. I got men with families.
- 652. My husband hasn't been able
to get any work.
- 653. We owe everyone.
- 654. - Ma'am, please.
- I'm so...
- 655. Cleo, we're rich!
- 656. There you are, Jeffrey.
- 657. You people sure live exciting lives.
- 658. Well, I thank you. Appreciate it.
- 659. Thank you, Betty!
- 660. We did it, Cleo!
- 661. We sold Roman Holiday! Paramount.
- 662. Our beloved Ian is just...
- 663. Why, what's the matter?
- 664. Judge Rutledge died.
- 665. No, no, that was Judge Murphy
who died last month.
- 666. And Rutledge.
- 667. Last night.
- 668. Mmm.
- 669. Oh, now...
- 670. Everything will be all right. You'll see.
- 671. Without a liberal majority on the court,
- 672. our appeal's gonna be denied.
- 673. Meaning we should all be
prepared to go to prison.
- 674. I wouldn't change anything going back.
Not one thing.
- 675. Let's ask each other in a year.
- 676. Will you do me a favor?
- 677. Hold on to this while I'm gone.
- 678. Thank you, dear.
- 679. Your mother needs to laugh
at least once a day.
- 680. Deal?
- 681. Okay.
- 682. Where's that little pumpkin seed?
- 683. - To the Hollywood Ten!
- Thank you.
- 684. To the Hollywood Ten!
- 685. You're heroes!
- 686. 28 cents. Gold lighter.
- 687. Wallet. Cigarette case.
- 688. Raise your hands.
- 689. Open your mouth. Wider.
- 690. Turn your head to the right. To the left.
- 691. Tilt your head back.
- 692. Spread your legs.
- 693. Grab your sack and skin it back.
- 694. Turn around.
- 695. Spread your cheeks.
- 696. Squat. Cough.
- 697. Turn around.
- 698. Move out.
- 699. Next!
- 700. So the warden says I gotta do right.
- 701. Boy want a better job?
- 702. I put him in charge of
the whole goddamn supply room.
- 703. 'Cause I know something the warden don't.
- 704. Truck's unloaded.
Driver needs a signature.
- 705. Actually, uh, he needs it right here.
- 706. You know, if, uh... If you need any help,
- 707. I used to run shipping at a...
At a bakery.
- 708. Heard you's a writer.
- 709. Well, that too.
- 710. And a commie.
- 711. What the fuck is wrong with you people?
- 712. This is a great country.
- 713. Agreed.
- 714. You type?
- 715. Stop.
- 716. Well, now, if only I could read it.
- 717. "Protocol as to return of goods.
- 718. "There shall be triplicate
copies of Form 14-A filed
- 719. "with Supply, Shipping
and Office of the Warden."
- 720. You think you're gonna
teach me the alphabet
- 721. and I'm gonna shake your hand
all grateful and say,
- 722. "Thank you, Mr. Trumbo.
You done change my life, sir.
- 723. "I'll never forget you."
- 724. I got 20 years for killing me
a white man who tried to rob my bar.
- 725. I did it and I'd do it again.
- 726. You look down on me and I will fuck you
up like you've never been fucked up
- 727. in your whole bullshit Beverly Hills life.
- 728. Now I'm here trying to build
my time and make parole.
- 729. You wanna help make that happen?
- 730. Welcome to fucking Supply, Comrade.
- 731. Dear Cleo, I don't
count the days or hours...
- 732. I count the seconds.
- 733. Sometimes I think I'll die
of boredom. Other times, fear.
- 734. Not of this place.
- 735. So far, its challenges
are all surmountable.
- 736. Augmented by days of lovely boredom.
- 737. So flat and calm in the wake
of all that churning
- 738. ugly luckless battle.
- 739. No, my fear is for what
will happen when I get out.
- 740. To our family and our country.
- 741. Not all the news is worrisome.
- 742. Some reminds me that what the
imagination can't conjure
- 743. reality delivers with a shrug.
- 744. And reality has delivered
in all its beatific wonder
- 745. to the federal penal system,
J. Parnell Thomas,
- 746. convicted of tax evasion.
- 747. Well, look at us.
Just a couple of jailbirds.
- 748. Except you actually committed a crime.
- 749. Yet in all this,
- 750. I know I'm the luckiest
unlucky man ever to live,
- 751. because you and the children warm, feed,
- 752. clothe, pacify, and rejuvenate me
- 753. by never leaving my heart.
- 754. Love, Prisoner Number 7551.
- 755. We're not gonna take that hill
from the Japs with bullets,
- 756. bombs or fists.
- 757. Yeah!
- 758. We're gonna take it with blood.
- 759. Whoever spills more, loses.
- 760. And we don't lose.
- 761. Do we?
- 762. No!
- 763. You lose.
- 764. That's what I thought.
- 765. You know John Wayne?
- 766. I do.
- 767. What's he like?
- 768. You'd love each other.
- 769. Isn't he beautiful? Okay.
- 770. - Mom, I got a new one.
- 771. Okay, wait.
- 772. Come on, you're gonna scare the horse.
- 773. Mom, you'd better come quick!
- 774. Edward Robinson,
are you now or have you ever been
- 775. a member of the Communist Party?
- 776. I'm not now, sir, nor have I
ever been a member of that party.
- 777. I have always been a Liberal Democrat.
- 778. But in your home over the years,
- 779. there have been political
meetings attended by those
- 780. that we now know to be communists.
- 781. Yes, sir. Yes, that has now
been made clear to me.
- 782. There were tremendous activities
- 783. - and fundraisers...
- 784. that went on in my house
during the war.
- 785. I did not know then
- 786. all of their true affiliations
- 787. or the work that they were up to.
- 788. It never entered my mind that any
of these people were communists.
- 789. I was duped and used. I was lied to.
- 790. But who used you?
- 791. Well, um...
- 792. These sinister forces
- 793. who probably ran these organizations.
- 794. Oh, tell us the individuals
that you have reference to.
- 795. Mr. Robinson?
- 796. Well, uh, you had Albert Maltz.
- 797. Um...
- 798. I knew Frank Tuttle and that other fellow.
- 799. That top fellow
- 800. who they say is the, uh,
commissar out there. Um...
- 801. Arlen Hird?
- 802. Yes, yes, Arlen Hird.
- 803. I didn't know Dmytryk at all.
- 804. I'm a commissar now.
- 805. Ian McLellan Hunter...
- 806. and, uh, Dalton Trumbo.
- 807. Thank you, Mr. Robinson.
- 808. Thank you, sir.
- 809. Mr. Chairman, I have no further questions.
- 810. Snitch like that in here,
- 811. you end up fucking dead.
- 812. Eddie ought to go back to work.
He did what he had to.
- 813. No, no, he did what he was forced to do.
- 814. Well, the point is, he did it.
- 815. Brave men and boys are fighting
this battle against communism.
- 816. They are sacrificing in ways
we can't even imagine.
- 817. And you wanna talk about some
asshole's movie career?
- 818. I'd see Eddie Robinson
and everyone like him dead
- 819. if it'd bring back one boy
from Korea. Just one.
- 820. So what are you saying?
- 821. Guys like Eddie cooperate and get nothing?
- 822. That isn't right.
- 823. Careful, Duke.
- 824. Or what, Hedda?
- 825. If I'm not careful, what?
- 826. I had no idea you were such a softie.
- 827. That's me all right. All cuddles.
- 828. Proud of ya, Eddie.
- 829. Wasn't easy, I know. But you did good.
- 830. Thanks, Duke.
- 831. I'm gonna call the studios.
The offers will pour in.
- 832. Sure.
- 833. Thanks.
- 834. One of the greatest peacetime
spy dramas in the nation's history
- 835. reaches its climax, as Julius and Ethel
Rosenberg are sentenced to death
- 836. for revealing atomic secrets
to Soviet Russia.
- 837. The junior senator from
Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy,
- 838. is ramping up his investigation
into alleged communists he believes
- 839. are infiltrating our government,
our military, and our schools.
- 840. because the enemy has been able
to get the traitors and dupes
- 841. to do his work within our government.
- 842. One communist on the faculty
- 843. of one university
is one communist too many.
- 844. A man is either loyal or he's disloyal.
- 845. Thank you, Billy.
- 846. They're here! They're here! Dad!
- 847. Dad! They're home!
- 848. I'm being attacked by giants! Ah!
- 849. What have you beautiful creatures
done with my little ones?
- 850. Oh, Dad, we missed you.
- 851. - Christopher. Mitzi.
- Hi, Dad.
- 852. My goodness.
- 853. Nikola, look at you.
- 854. She got real tall.
- 855. Oh, is that lipstick?
- 856. Dad...
- 857. Oh, I've missed you so much. All of you.
- 858. Let's go inside. I wanna hear everything.
- 859. Oh, I'm terribly sorry...
- 860. Oh, Buddy! Well, how are you?
- 861. I got nothing to say to you.
- 862. Looks like prison has given us the plague.
- 863. Yeah, well, that Buddy Ross,
he was always an asshole.
- 864. Yeah.
- 865. He's in trouble too.
- 866. - Three movies, three flops.
- Oh, really?
- 867. Mmm-hmm.
- 868. Look at him. He's trying to sell his soul,
but he can't find it.
- 869. I just hope he stays afloat long enough
to get the shit sued out of him.
- 870. Oh, really? By whom?
- 871. By me and you and all of us.
- 872. Jeez...
- 873. We use their capitalist system
- 874. In civil court. We go after their money.
- 875. - No. No. No.
- For what they did to us!
- 876. We make them swear under oath...
- 877. No, no, no. Christ!
- 878. Haven't you spent enough time in court?
- 879. I know I have. Jesus Christ.
- 880. Well, what else are we supposed to do?
- 881. We do the one thing
everyone says we can't.
- 882. Look, you're a great writer. We make shit.
- 883. I don't see it.
- 884. Mr. King, I'm a screenwriter.
- 885. If I couldn't write shit, I'd starve.
- 886. Trumbo, we can't afford you.
- 887. Well, how much did you pay
for the script of that?
- 888. Bad Men of Tombstone
- 889. $1,200.
- 890. All right. I'll write you
a movie for $1,200, then.
- 891. And you don't want your name on it?
- 892. No, you don't want my name on it.
- 893. You got that right.
- 894. Especially if you're still,
you know, up to stuff.
- 895. Are you?
- 896. Perpetually.
- 897. Jesus.
- 898. You got any ideas?
- 899. Well, I just got out of prison.
- 900. What about crime?
- 901. A story of a gangster, his rise and fall.
- 902. I've seen that a few times.
- 903. Because it always makes money.
- 904. All right, when do I get my goods?
- 905. Three days.
- 906. A 100-page screenplay in three days?
- 907. Are you trying to fuck me?
- 908. 'Cause if you fuck me, I will fuck you.
- 909. Mr. King, I've heard this speech.
- 910. It was better in jail.
- 911. "No, boss...
- 912. "He..."
- 913. Are you kidding me with this?
Hymie, get out here!
- 914. Hymie, pay the man!
He's a genius. Beautiful.
- 915. Wait a minute, look.
We got Killer in the Swamp.
- 916. The best character's the swamp. Oh, oh.
- 917. Women in Prison.
- 918. Dames fighting in their underwear.
- 919. It's perfect, except it stinks.
- 920. What else, Hymie?
- 921. Pirates. Can't afford the ocean.
- 922. That's it.
- 923. Fix them all.
- 924. You want more, we got more. Oh, baby!
- 925. So, what do you think
of the new neighborhood?
- 926. - I like it.
- Yeah, this is nice.
- 927. - Yeah, Dad.
- 928. It's gonna be good being in town.
- 929. Whoa, look at that!
- 930. - I brought you some lemonade.
- Thank you.
- 931. Hard work. You holding up okay?
- 932. - Pretty good.
- All right, thank you.
- 933. We forgot the towels!
- 934. Oh, shoot! Wait for me. Wait for me.
- 935. Mitzi... Shh!
- 936. Well, there are many angry
and ignorant people in the world.
- 937. They seem to be breeding
in record numbers.
- 938. Now, all we can do as a family
- 939. is stick together and remain vigilant.
- 940. The Mouth of Truth.
- 941. Legend is that if you're given to lying,
and you put your hand in there,
- 942. it'll be bitten off.
- 943. Oh, what a horrid idea!
- 944. Let's see you do it.
- 945. Let's see you do it.
- 946. Sure.
- 947. Hello.
- 948. You beast!
- 949. It's a huge hit. Great reviews.
- 950. I haven't worked in nine months. You?
- 951. Well, there aren't quite enough zeros
- 952. in a King Brothers' salary to survive,
- 953. but they need scripts like
an army needs toilet paper.
- 954. Quality minimum, quantity maximum.
- 955. You'd think that when the artistic ambitions
of a movie are non-existent,
- 956. the work would be tossed off in a week.
- 957. But consistently pleasing
two former pinball salesmen
- 958. turns out to be a high hurdle indeed.
- 959. And I've become a stranger
in my own house.
- 960. Every workweek is seven days.
Every day is 18 hours.
- 961. Every minute, I'm further behind.
- 962. They need five of you.
- 963. Okay, the only question
is, can these pinkos write?
- 964. Well, the dapper gentleman
in the gray suit
- 965. is Ian McLellan Hunter.
- 966. Guy who wrote Roman Holiday.
- 967. Guy who just got subpoenaed.
- 968. Guy who just got nominated
for an Academy Award.
- 969. Everyone at that table's been nominated.
- 970. There's Alvah Bessie,
and Adrian Scott. Arlen Hird.
- 971. And Ring Lardner, Jr.
and Albert Maltz and...
- 972. Um...
- 973. It'll be like this.
- 974. I'll find the writer and work with him.
- 975. He'll deliver the script to me.
- 976. If it's good, I'll give it to you.
- 977. If it needs work, I'll fix it.
- 978. No one gets paid until you're happy.
- 979. And these writers, they're...
- 980. I mean, they're all black...
- 981. Blacklisted.
- 982. Jesus, you're such a chicken-shit.
- 983. You know, we're at war
with the communists.
- 984. - No we're not.
- It's a new kind of war.
- 985. Yeah, if it doesn't exist, very new.
- 986. What about the Rosenbergs?
- 987. They stole the atom bomb.
- 988. They didn't steal it off
a fucking camera truck.
- 989. So look, we bought a gorilla suit.
- 990. We gotta use it.
- 991. Oh.
- 992. Well.
- 993. So, you had five jobs.
- 994. Mmm-hmm.
- 995. And now we got them and now you got none?
- 996. Oh, now I'm free to get five
more jobs and five more writers.
- 997. And you each get five more jobs
and five more writers and so on.
- 998. To keep that going, we'd have
to write every script in the business.
- 999. Oh, Arlen, what a devious lad.
- 1000. So who wants to write a gorilla movie?
- 1001. Who doesn't?
- 1002. We now work at midnight
- 1003. in thick fog among strangers.
- 1004. Not literally.
- 1005. We're running a family business.
- 1006. We'll be adding new phone lines,
- 1007. and when answering, never say,
- 1008. I'll be writing for various producers
under different names.
- 1009. Whomever they ask for, you come find me.
- 1010. Or take a message.
- 1011. Hello?
- 1012. Is John Abbott there?
- 1013. No, sir, may I take a message?
- 1014. The door must be answered at all hours.
- 1015. Got a pickup for Sally Stubblefield.
- 1016. Can I get your mom to sign?
- 1017. Thank you.
- 1018. Dictation, shorthand
and typing will be learned.
- 1019. Those of legal age will have one
of the most important jobs imaginable.
- 1020. Courier.
- 1021. Scripts must be delivered to producers
without raising suspicion.
- 1022. Any questions? Concerns?
- 1023. - Yes, Nikola.
- Is there a schedule?
- 1024. A what?
- 1025. I need to know when I can do homework.
- 1026. And I'm part of a fundraising committee
for Negro voting rights.
- 1027. Plus, every other Friday,
we have meetings for Student Council.
- 1028. I'm... I have to...
- 1029. Niki, we'll figure
something out, sweetheart.
- 1030. Won't we?
- 1031. And protests continued
as the Supreme Court may soon take up
- 1032. the issue of racial segregation.
- 1033. Negros in Southern towns and cities have
taken to the streets in large numbers.
- 1034. All under close scrutiny
by local law enforcement.
- 1035. There have been unconfirmed reports
of disturbances and rioting.
- 1036. But it is not clear if the violence
was initiated by protesters...
- 1037. Nikola!
- 1038. or white vigilante groups.
- 1039. Beyond the South, through the nation...
- 1040. Now, there you go.
- 1041. A few mistakes, not many.
- 1042. All right.
- 1043. all top-salaried government officials
- 1044. should make a full public statement
of their income...
- 1045. This concludes our program
scheduled for today.
- 1046. Which one is Graham Tauper?
- 1047. Nympho Nun.
- 1048. Oh.
- 1049. Great job.
- 1050. Uh, Elwood Carr, Murder at the Circus.
- 1051. It needs work. I knew the clown did it.
- 1052. It's always the clown.
- 1053. So you are The Alien and the Farm Girl.
- 1054. Yeah.
- 1055. So you wrote the alien talking
about the rights of the worker.
- 1056. The pathology of capitalism.
- 1057. The complacency of the bourgeoisie.
- 1058. I don't even know what it is
and I fucking hate it.
- 1059. Well, the idea was to use the...
- 1060. I paid you to write a script about
- 1061. a guy with a giant bug head
shtupping a girl in a hayloft.
- 1062. And you write shit
- 1063. that's gonna get me
subpoenaed, and stinks!
- 1064. Fix it!
- 1065. Well, fuck Frank King.
- 1066. I said, until he's happy, I'd rewrite.
- 1067. So you're gonna stay up
with that all night, for that crap?
- 1068. For what?
- 1069. To get it to his high literary
and political standards?
- 1070. Well, it shouldn't be to anyone's
- 1071. It's The Alien and the Farm Girl,
for Christ's sake.
- 1072. What the hell were you thinking?
- 1073. I was thinking.
- 1074. That's why I'm a writer.
To say things that matter.
- 1075. Remember that?
- 1076. I was a reporter. I was
nominated for a Pulitzer.
- 1077. I fought in Spain,
and I know Ernest Hemingway.
- 1078. - I actually... I know him.
- Oh, bullshit.
- 1079. And he knows me.
- 1080. If I walked into a bar in Paris, he...
- 1081. Maybe not my name, but he'll...
- 1082. I'll get a wave.
- 1083. Yeah.
- 1084. You... You won the
National fucking Book Award.
- 1085. I mean, what are we doing?
- 1086. Okay, so the alien...
- 1087. The alien impregnates the farm girl.
- 1088. - Right.
- 1089. Because he wants to inseminate her
and propagate a new species
- 1090. - on Earth and take over?
- 1091. Because she reminds him
of the girl he left behind.
- 1092. But he's got a bug head.
- 1093. His girlfriend's probably got
a bug head back home.
- 1094. You don't get hung up
on the looks of someone.
- 1095. He's falling in love with her.
- 1096. Uh, okay.
- 1097. You're over-thinking.
- 1098. - Are you all right?
- 1099. You want to do this later?
- 1100. No. Go, please.
- 1101. All right.
- 1102. I mean, do you ever miss
- 1103. Forget great, just good?
- 1104. I mean, you must have ideas still, right?
- 1105. I've got a few.
- 1106. There's one that won't go away.
- 1107. Cleo and I are in Mexico
at a bullfight years ago.
- 1108. And the bull dies.
- 1109. And, uh, thousands of people
are just cheering.
- 1110. Three weren't.
- 1111. Cleo, me and this young boy down front,
- 1112. crying.
- 1113. Always wondered why.
- 1114. Well, you write it and you'll know.
- 1115. But please promise me,
not for Frank fucking King.
- 1116. Please.
- 1117. To present the writing awards,
here is an actor who also reads.
- 1118. Mr. Kirk Douglas.
- 1119. Niki, hurry!
- 1120. Who's doing it?
- 1121. Kirk Douglas!
- 1122. I'm coming, I'm coming!
- 1123. The envelope.
- 1124. And the Oscar goes to
- 1125. Roman Holiday by Ian McLellan Hunter.
- 1126. Yes! That's you, Dad, that's you!
- 1127. Dad, that is fantastic!
- 1128. This is accepted on behalf
of Ian McLellan Hunter.
- 1129. So do we get to be happy now?
- 1130. I don't want it.
- 1131. Well, I don't want it.
- 1132. Your name's on it.
- 1133. You wrote it.
- 1134. They gave it to you.
- 1135. And it's done me wonders.
- 1136. Here's the gorilla script.
- 1137. Huh.
- 1138. - Hey, Dad.
- 1139. Phone for you.
- 1140. For which name?
- 1141. No, you. Some guy named Buddy Ross.
- 1142. Huh.
- 1143. So, is the rumor true?
You wrote Roman Holiday?
- 1144. What can I do for you, Buddy?
- 1145. My movies have all bombed.
Dug me into a hole.
- 1146. I finally got something going.
- 1147. Classy.
- 1148. Three big stars. The script...
- 1149. What script? There is no script.
- 1150. I got 11 writers who fucked me
and now the actors are gonna pull out.
- 1151. And if they do, I lose everything.
- 1152. When do you shoot?
- 1153. Ten days.
- 1154. Is there anything?
- 1155. There'd be no credit, obviously.
- 1156. I can't pay you till we start shooting.
- 1157. I wouldn't blame you
if you spit in my face.
- 1158. But we did good stuff back then.
- 1159. We really did.
- 1160. Please.
- 1161. I owe the King Brothers a rewrite.
- 1162. And I can't do both.
- 1163. Here it is. I need you to take over.
- 1164. So you can help that
great guy, Buddy Ross.
- 1165. Mmm-mmm.
- 1166. So we can keep tearing down the blacklist.
- 1167. Oh, Jesus, here we go.
- 1168. This is going to be a very big movie,
and if Buddy gets a good script...
- 1169. Which you're gonna give him.
- 1170. No, which I am going to sell him.
- 1171. For money, 'cause that's why
we did all of this, right?
- 1172. Was for the money.
- 1173. Why can you not see this?
- 1174. If we get one big movie,
we can get all the big movies.
- 1175. And then this whole rotten thing
could collapse on the sheer irony
- 1176. that every unemployable
writer is employed.
- 1177. Jesus Christ, do you
have to say everything
- 1178. like it's going to be
chiseled into a rock?
- 1179. I'm not gonna help you help Buddy Ross!
- 1180. God's sake!
- 1181. - You are against every...
- No, I...
- 1182. - ... solid idea that comes up.
- Let's do something!
- 1183. These fuckers did things!
- 1184. We should be suing that
cockroach into the ground
- 1185. - along with those congressmen...
- There's an idea.
- 1186. - Yes, and the producers!
- Very good one.
- 1187. - Yes, and the studios!
- That'll be better.
- 1188. - We should sue them!
- Oh, yes, brilliant!
- 1189. Keep losing. Give all of your money
away to lawyers!
- 1190. I'd rather lose for the right reasons.
- 1191. Why?
- 1192. It's still losing.
- 1193. You lose. I lose. We all lose!
- 1194. Don't you see that?
- 1195. And the whole goddamn country
stays scared and dead.
- 1196. Well, you really think you can
go on living like this forever?
- 1197. Well, I'm not gonna have to.
- 1198. Arlen, we can do this.
- 1199. We can beat them. We can win!
- 1200. - I don't care if I win.
- 1201. Everybody wants to win.
- 1202. No, you want to win.
I want to change things.
- 1203. - I want to win so that I can change things.
- No, you don't!
- 1204. You want to win so that you can get
an Oscar with your name on it this time.
- 1205. And so you can get more money that you
burn through, writing shit for idiots!
- 1206. Why do I have to explain everything
to you like you're a fucking child?
- 1207. You don't have to.
- 1208. - You really don't have to.
- Piss off!
- 1209. You know, you do what you do
and that's fine for you.
- 1210. But don't pretend that
you getting your career back
- 1211. is part of some great crusade
for mankind. Okay?
- 1212. I'm doing this for everyone.
- 1213. Arlen...
- 1214. Fucking idiot.
- 1215. Happy birthday to you
- 1216. Happy birthday, dear Nikola
- 1217. Happy birthday to you
- 1218. Make a wish.
- 1219. Ah.
- 1220. I got it.
- 1221. Sweet 16!
- 1222. Get together with your sister.
- 1223. Chris, get in there.
- 1224. Ah. Thank you.
- 1225. Are you sure we shouldn't go knock?
- 1226. I'm sure.
- 1227. He can't take five minutes?
- 1228. Nope.
- 1229. Two minutes?
- 1230. Niki.
- 1231. One minute.
- 1232. Chris, would you please
get the good plates?
- 1233. - Yes, Mom.
- Thank you.
- 1234. Dad!
- 1235. - Dad!
- Go away!
- 1236. We're having birthday cake.
- 1237. When you hear me working, you don't knock!
- 1238. But it's my birthday.
- 1239. You don't knock! Ever!
- 1240. So the house is on fire,
you don't want to know?
- 1241. I work in a bathtub, surrounded by water.
- 1242. So I'm fairly certain that even
if the whole goddamn country was on fire,
- 1243. that I could still function
as this family's personal slave.
- 1244. And all I ask is to not be interrupted
- 1245. for every little slice
of fucking birthday cake!
- 1246. What? It's ridiculous!
- 1247. Now I've lost my place. Christ's sake!
- 1248. sure, maybe you, uh,
get that long, happy life we all want.
- 1249. But your eyes never really close again.
- 1250. 'Cause you spend that life
scared of every noise in the dark.
- 1251. We both do.
I can't let you do this, Rocco.
- 1252. I'll just have to convince you I'm right.
- 1253. After all, kid, what are friends for?
- 1254. Don't defend him, okay?
- 1255. He knows he's wrong.
- 1256. He hasn't even apologized.
- 1257. I think you surprised him.
- 1258. He's not used to seeing
another adult in the house.
- 1259. He has to be right all the time.
- 1260. How do you stand it?
- 1261. Well, it's challenging sometimes,
- 1262. Hey, why don't you come
downstairs with me?
- 1263. I wanna show you something.
- 1264. You see my gloves?
- 1265. Thank you.
- 1266. Do you imagine that's his head?
- 1267. No. But you can.
- 1268. Niki, is that the script already?
- 1269. Fantastic.
- 1270. Ah. Tell your dad that...
- 1271. Oh, hello. Um, I'm looking for Arlen Hird.
- 1272. Mr. Trumbo, it's Andrew.
- 1273. Good God! Look... Look at you!
- 1274. Wow. Well, I'm certain your father
- 1275. has told you some nasty things about me,
- 1276. but I want to assure you,
- 1277. they're all true.
- 1278. Is, uh... Is he home?
- 1279. I'm sorry. I thought you knew.
- 1280. - I'm so sorry.
- Thank you so much.
- 1281. Andrew.
- 1282. Joshua.
- 1283. My dad left something for you.
- 1284. It's a record.
- 1285. Money that he owed you
and some other people.
- 1286. I'm sorry. I wish we could pay you back.
- 1287. Andrew, no.
- 1288. I owed him.
- 1289. The debts are all mine.
- 1290. Thank you.
- 1291. Well...
- 1292. Hello, Eddie.
- 1293. This is a bit of a surprise.
- 1294. What can I do for you?
- 1295. Arlen died.
- 1296. I heard. I was on location.
- 1297. This is the money you gave us
for the defense fund.
- 1298. It's everything that we owe you.
- 1299. No, now, that was a gift.
- 1300. We'd like it off our books.
- 1301. What is this supposed to be?
Some kind of message?
- 1302. What you and Arlen and the great
Hollywood Ten all think of me.
- 1303. Fine. Fine. But first you're gonna listen.
- 1304. After you went to jail,
- 1305. I didn't work for a year.
- 1306. No offers, not even an audition.
- 1307. People would see me, cross the street.
- 1308. People I loved.
- 1309. People I made rich.
- 1310. I sat in front of that committee.
- 1311. Why? I didn't do anything.
- 1312. None of us did anything.
We were all stupid babies.
- 1313. With no business in any of it.
- 1314. I just wanted my life back.
- 1315. They had every name.
Yours, Arlen's, everybody's.
- 1316. I didn't give them anything
they didn't already have.
- 1317. I ended it, is all. I just... I ended it!
- 1318. Oh, Eddie, you don't
end something like this.
- 1319. By giving them what
they have no right to ask.
- 1320. You're gonna tell me
how I should have handled it?
- 1321. Like you handled Congress?
- 1322. So you're saying that
you're proud of what you did?
- 1323. Proud? Who the hell gets to be proud?
- 1324. You. You do.
- 1325. You with your fake names and your fronts.
- 1326. You've got all the work you want.
- 1327. I gotta go out in the world every day.
- 1328. This is my work.
- 1329. I've got nobody else to be.
- 1330. I did what I had to.
- 1331. You did what you wanted, Eddie.
- 1332. And you did it for more.
- 1333. More movies, more money,
- 1334. more dead bullshit on your walls.
- 1335. What I did, I did, but did you
ever wonder how many years
- 1336. you hacked off Arlen's life?
- 1337. To show the world
what a rebel genius you are.
- 1338. You live with that!
- 1339. Drinking alone?
- 1340. Preferably.
- 1341. And what are you up to these days?
- 1342. You know, Hedda, another one
of these and I just may tell you.
- 1343. Oh, then I'm buying.
- 1344. Usual. Same again.
- 1345. Yes, Miss Hopper.
- 1346. Oh, come on, I hear the rumors.
- 1347. Show me you're still in the game,
fighting the good fight.
- 1348. Come on, rub my face in it.
- 1349. Whisper a movie you've written in secret.
- 1350. Maybe I've even heard of it.
- 1351. Maybe you have.
- 1352. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry...
I'm filming. It's crazy.
- 1353. Buddy, do you know Dalton Trumbo?
- 1354. Yes, I believe we have
worked together before.
- 1355. What was it? Was it MGM?
- 1356. A million years ago.
Nice to see you again, Buddy.
- 1357. I hear your new script's in trouble.
- 1358. Maybe you should hire Dalton.
- 1359. He used to be pretty good,
and price-wise, he'd be bargain basement.
- 1360. Not that you'd ever do it.
Not after Buddy named names.
- 1361. Oh, you didn't know?
- 1362. Word was he had hired someone
he shouldn't have.
- 1363. So he got subpoenaed. He had to testify.
- 1364. Closed session. No press. Makes it easier.
- 1365. So, he named you, of course.
- 1366. Now he's been cleared.
Gets to make his movie.
- 1367. In a way, thanks to you.
- 1368. Drink, Buddy? You look as if you need one.
- 1369. Can you believe it?
- 1370. Democrats voting for segregation.
- 1371. Oh, the Southern Dixie-crats.
- 1372. We started a petition
for total integration.
- 1373. There it is.
- 1374. I already have over 1,000 signatures.
- 1375. Well, I'd be happy to make it 1,001.
- 1376. And this is the new draft
- 1377. that needs to be delivered
to Hymie King in Agoura.
- 1378. Wait, Agoura? I thought
the Kings were in Hollywood.
- 1379. Oh, no, no, no. These are the rewrites.
- 1380. They're to be shot tonight, so Hymie
needs them on the set right away.
- 1381. Agoura's 40 miles.
- 1382. Yes, I'm sure Chris knows that by now.
- 1383. Well, he can't.
- 1384. I'm sorry?
- 1385. He has a date. He's taking her to a movie.
- 1386. Well, all right, then, Nikola,
you'll deliver the draft.
- 1387. I have a protest.
- 1388. Since when do protests
have hard start times?
- 1389. I'll take it.
- 1390. Nikola will take it.
- 1391. I said I can't.
- 1392. Young lady, you will.
- 1393. This is important.
- 1394. So is this.
- 1395. This is important to me.
- 1396. And the date's important to Chris,
so figure something else out.
- 1397. Move on! He needs those now!
- 1398. Oh, honey...
- 1399. She hasn't been gone that long,
and it's really not that late.
- 1400. You know, this is a blatant attempt
to manipulate worry.
- 1401. Do you know when I realized
that I had to leave Hal?
- 1402. Hal? Hal who?
- 1403. My first husband Hal.
- 1404. Jesus, take the wheel!
- 1405. It was my wedding night.
- 1406. My first wedding night with Hal.
- 1407. If we're going to go back in time
to that unholy coupling,
- 1408. then I have a medical obligation to drink.
- 1409. I saw this was not a man
I could have children with.
- 1410. Now, thank God for that.
- 1411. He'd bully me and them.
- 1412. And that we'd wind up like
every miserable family since forever.
- 1413. But you...
- 1414. I knew you would never be like that.
- 1415. That whatever happened out there,
- 1416. all that would matter,
- 1417. really matter, was us.
- 1418. Well, all that matters is us.
- 1419. No.
- 1420. Not anymore.
- 1421. Well...
- 1422. You have no idea what you could lose.
- 1423. Oh, please!
- 1424. My career
- 1425. and the First Amendment, our country.
- 1426. Am I missing anything?
- 1427. Us.
- 1428. - You're losing us.
- 1429. Since prison, you don't talk or ask.
- 1430. You just snap and bark.
- 1431. I keep waiting for you to start
pounding the dinner table with a gavel.
- 1432. So in addition to being
a pariah out in the world,
- 1433. I also have the supreme joy
of battling insurrection
- 1434. - in my own home where these...
- Battling insurrection?
- 1435. ten fingers literally
clothe and feed and shelter us.
- 1436. This isn't just happening to you!
- 1437. We all hurt!
- 1438. Niki, me, your friends!
- 1439. Friends? What friends?
- 1440. Who the hell has the luxury of friends?
- 1441. I've got allies and enemies.
- 1442. There's no room for anything else.
- 1443. We know.
- 1444. Good.
- 1445. Then this discussion ends.
- 1446. This isn't a discussion. It's a fight.
- 1447. I will not let our children
be raised by a bully.
- 1448. Be back.
- 1449. All right.
- 1450. I didn't want to fight in front
of my friends, but I'm not going home.
- 1451. I didn't come here to fight.
- 1452. You know, your mother is a quiet person.
- 1453. Normally.
- 1454. The effect of which is that
- 1455. she can actually make me hear myself.
- 1456. It's extraordinary.
- 1457. Lately, it's not a sound I like much.
- 1458. Mostly because what I hear is just how...
- 1459. How afraid I am.
- 1460. Afraid that I'm scarring you...
- 1461. All of you.
- 1462. And what if it's all for nothing?
- 1463. Well, so, I fight.
- 1464. It's all I know how to do anymore.
- 1465. Any... I mean, it's just...
- 1466. Just rage at anyone who gets in my way.
- 1467. But you have never been in my way, Nikola.
- 1468. Not once.
- 1469. It's crazy how mad you make me.
- 1470. Since all I ever wanted
was to be just like you.
- 1471. Well, I'm afraid to say
that you've succeeded.
- 1472. We know, okay?
- 1473. It's a small town.
The gossip's always true.
- 1474. Fire Dalton Trumbo and the rest of them
- 1475. or you got pickets,
headlines and boycotts.
- 1476. We will put you right out of business.
- 1477. We?
- 1478. The Motion Picture Alliance
for the Preservation of American Ideals.
- 1479. Me and Ronald Reagan, Hedda Hopper,
- 1480. guilds, studio heads, John Wayne.
- 1481. I love John Wayne.
- 1482. Well, I'll introduce you.
- 1483. You guys could do a movie together.
- 1484. Oh, gee, that would be swell.
- 1485. Except I don't think
- 1486. - you and me are gonna be pals.
- Hey, Frank!
- 1487. - You wanna keep me from hiring union?
- Frank! Frank!
- 1488. I'll go downtown, hire a bunch
of winos and hookers!
- 1489. It doesn't matter!
- 1490. - I make garbage!
- 1491. You want to call me a pinko
in the papers? Do it!
- 1492. - None of the people that go
to my fucking movies can read! - No, wait.
- 1493. I am in this for the money and the pussy
and they're both falling off the trees.
- 1494. Take it away from me.
- 1495. Go ahead. I won't sue you,
- 1496. but this will be the last fucking thing
you see before I beat you to death with it.
- 1497. Tiffany!
- 1498. Right here.
- 1499. Fuck you want?
- 1500. Uh... Oh, uh...
- 1501. - New script.
- Oh, yeah?
- 1502. Yes, it's a family picture.
- 1503. Something I've been mulling.
- 1504. It's the story of a young
Mexican boy and his pet bull.
- 1505. Sounds a little fruity. What's it called?
- 1506. The Brave One. Oh, one problem though.
- 1507. Expensive?
- 1508. Worse.
- 1509. It's good.
- 1510. Olé! Olé!
- 1511. Who told you? What else did they say?
- 1512. Well...
- 1513. You too. And thank you, Frank.
- 1514. What?
- 1515. The Brave One has been nominated
for an Academy Award.
- 1516. Oh.
- 1517. - Really?
- Yes, really!
- 1518. That's crazy.
- 1519. I don't know. It's like Roman Holiday.
- 1520. Oh, Hymie, this is nothing
like Roman Holiday.
- 1521. Roman Holiday had a guy
with a name and a body
- 1522. they could give the award to.
- 1523. There is no Robert Rich.
Who gets the thing if it wins?
- 1524. Well, maybe it won't.
- 1525. I mean, it's not that good. No offense.
- 1526. None taken.
- 1527. And now I'd like to say
two of the most beautiful words
- 1528. in the motion-picture industry,
- 1529. The nominations for Best
Motion Picture Story are,
- 1530. Robert Rich for The Brave One,
- 1531. Leo Katcher for The Eddy Duchin Story,
- 1532. Jean-Paul Sartre for
The Proud and the Beautiful,
- 1533. and Cesare Zavattini for Umberto D.
- 1534. The envelope please.
- 1535. The Brave One, Robert Rich!
- 1536. Dad!
- 1537. - You won!
- Who's that guy?
- 1538. Mr. Jesse Lasky Jr., Vice President
of the screenwriter's branch
- 1539. of the Writers Guild, will accept
the award for Mr. Rich.
- 1540. On behalf of Robert Rich and his
beautiful story, thank you very much.
- 1541. So weird.
- 1542. We can't find Mr. Rich anywhere.
- 1543. Who the hell is Robert Rich?
- 1544. I gotta go.
- 1545. It had better not be who they say.
- 1546. - Mr. Trumbo.
- 1547. Are you Robert Rich?
Did you write The Brave One?
- 1548. Well, you see, it's my policy
- 1549. not to claim credit for any one movie.
- 1550. That way, it's possible that I had
something to do with all of them.
- 1551. Except the stinkers,
which were all written
- 1552. by my enemies.
- 1553. What's your position on the blacklist?
- 1554. Well, on it.
- 1555. Along with thousands of others.
- 1556. Are you using this Robert Rich
controversy to try and end it?
- 1557. See, The Brave One
is a nice little picture.
- 1558. And if rumors of my involvement
- 1559. can help sell tickets, well, then, good.
- 1560. And if the strange circumstances
- 1561. of its authorship raised a few questions,
- 1562. well, even better.
- 1563. - Trumbo?
- 1564. - Phone for you.
- Well, who is it?
- 1565. Some crazy guy, says he's Kirk Douglas.
- 1566. Really? Huh. Well, thank you, Nikola.
- 1567. Niki? Kirk.
- 1568. Kirk.
- 1569. Dalton.
- 1570. My apologies.
- 1571. We've had more than our
share of crank calls lately.
- 1572. - I can imagine.
- Please have a seat.
- 1573. May I get you a drink?
- 1574. No. No thank you.
- 1575. All right.
- 1576. - So?
- I'm doing a new picture.
- 1577. And I just got the script.
- 1578. That must be seven hours
of entertainment there.
- 1579. Not a single page is entertaining.
- 1580. But there's a good story
in there somewhere.
- 1581. About one man who tried
to take on the whole world.
- 1582. Well, you've got me so far.
- 1583. He was a slave who led a revolt
against the Roman Empire.
- 1584. Hmm.
- 1585. Now, what's the title?
- 1586. Spartacus.
- 1587. No, no, no.
- 1588. I can't tell you what I'm working on now,
except to say that
- 1589. the blacklist is alive and well
and so is the black market.
- 1590. Well, yes, you can quote me on that.
- 1591. Seeing my name in the papers
drives certain people out of their minds.
- 1592. Of course. Here he is.
- 1593. - Kirk.
- 1594. I'd like you to meet a friend
of mine, Bob Stripling.
- 1595. House Un-American Activities Committee.
- 1596. Mr. Douglas.
- 1597. Mr. Stripling.
- 1598. Drink?
- 1599. No, thank you.
- 1600. You said it was important.
- 1601. Only if you hired Dalton Trumbo.
- 1602. Who I hire is my business.
- 1603. No, Mr. Douglas.
- 1604. It's ours.
- 1605. Why?
- 1606. 'Cause we have to keep this country safe.
- 1607. And how are you doing that?
- 1608. Well, why don't I show you
by putting you on the stand?
- 1609. Hedda, is your friend trying to scare me?
- 1610. He's just trying to show you
the way things are.
- 1611. Maybe I don't like the way things are.
- 1612. Kirk, we've known each other a long time.
- 1613. Since when did you become such a bastard?
- 1614. I was always a bastard.
You just never noticed.
- 1615. Yes?
- 1616. I wish to see the man who wrote this.
- 1617. Please, come in.
- 1618. Thank you.
- 1619. I am Otto Preminger.
- 1620. The director.
- 1621. Forgive me, I...
- 1622. I've just finished work
a few hours ago. I...
- 1623. A copy of which I've read.
- 1624. But how could...
- 1625. I just had that delivered this morning.
- 1626. I am Otto Preminger, the director.
- 1627. Please.
- 1628. Oh, yes, my youngest thinks
- 1629. that I can end the suffering
of all broken birds.
- 1630. As can I, with a broiler.
- 1631. Are your duties completed
for Mr. Kirk Douglas?
- 1632. No, but I do have
two weeks off for Christmas.
- 1633. During which time you will work with me.
- 1634. Will I?
- 1635. If you're as intelligent as your writing.
- 1636. And as greedy as your reputation.
- 1637. Hmm.
- 1638. It is an adaptation of the novel Exodus.
- 1639. You've read it?
- 1640. No.
- 1641. A colossal bestseller.
- 1642. Very nearly a perfect piece of shit.
- 1643. But there's a good story
in there somewhere.
- 1644. I have no idea.
- 1645. But I have Paul Newman.
- 1646. We have spoken. He is a little reticent,
- 1647. but I believe, at the right price,
he will accept.
- 1648. So you're doing it?
- 1649. Well, I think it's the only
way to get him to leave.
- 1650. It's very important.
- 1651. Poor Mr. Preminger.
- 1652. He thinks he's the cat
and you're the mouse.
- 1653. Oh, look at that. Perfect.
- 1654. Hey, Mitzi, what's that? A Russian doll?
- 1655. Absolutely perfect.
- 1656. Oh! What is this, Santa?
- 1657. Just a little something for Mrs. Claus.
- 1658. I'll open it later.
- 1659. Christmas is over.
- 1660. Well...
- 1661. Did you read the new scenes?
- 1662. Dreadful. Keep up this level of work,
- 1663. and I will see to it
your name is on my movie.
- 1664. To take the blame.
- 1665. Well, there you go.
- 1666. Ooh! Hello. Hi, Sammy.
- 1667. Oh, do you know that
Kirk Douglas gave me this bird?
- 1668. It's a distraction.
- 1669. No. No, not at all.
- 1670. I named him Sam Jackson.
- 1671. He wrote Spartacus.
- 1672. Well?
- 1673. - Better.
- Thank God.
- 1674. But it simply lacks genius.
- 1675. Otto, if every scene is brilliant,
- 1676. your movie is going to be
- 1677. I'll tell you what.
- 1678. You write every scene brilliantly,
- 1679. and I will direct unevenly.
- 1680. What is it, dear?
- 1681. Thank you.
- 1682. Oh, hello, Kirk.
- 1683. Merry Christmas. Thank you, Mitzi.
- 1684. Otto. How are you?
- 1685. I am very well, Kirk.
- 1686. I, uh, didn't mean to interrupt.
- 1687. No, no. No, not at all. Not at all.
- 1688. Otto, would you mind
if we had a little chat?
- 1689. Won't be a second.
- 1690. I sort of feel like
I walked in on my wife.
- 1691. Do you love him?
- 1692. Oh, it's far more lurid than that.
- 1693. He's paying me for my services.
- 1694. So am I.
- 1695. And you'll get them again,
January 2nd, as promised.
- 1696. I just need you a few days
on some of the new scenes.
- 1697. Of course, but not until the 2nd.
- 1698. I wouldn't ask, but I've
never had a director
- 1699. who's a bigger pain in my ass
than Stanley Kubrick.
- 1700. The worst part is, he's right.
- 1701. Well, I wouldn't refuse, but...
- 1702. Well, I really...
This should remain between us.
- 1703. Of course.
- 1704. Well...
- 1705. Preminger has declared that...
- 1706. Well, what he said was,
- 1707. "You keep up this level of work,
- 1708. "and I'll see to it that
your name is on my movie."
- 1709. - Really?
- Oh, yes.
- 1710. Those were his exact words.
- 1711. Be in touch.
- 1712. Very well.
- 1713. Merry Christmas!
- 1714. You too.
- 1715. I suppose he wants you back.
- 1716. Well, no. No, no. He...
- 1717. He just stopped by
to talk about a screen credit.
- 1718. On Spartacus?
- 1719. Well, I really shouldn't
have said anything.
- 1720. You understand.
- 1721. Five minutes! Back in
five minutes, everybody!
- 1722. Kirk,
- 1723. Hedda Hopper just told me the American
Legion is going to boycott us
- 1724. unless you get rid of Trumbo.
- 1725. Ed, he's not done with the script.
- 1726. His name will never be on the thing.
- 1727. What's anybody boycotting?
- 1728. Kirk... Just a second. Please. Please.
- 1729. Just give me five seconds, please.
- 1730. Listen. Twenty million Americans
are saying loud and clear,
- 1731. they will never buy a ticket to our movie
unless you fire one writer.
- 1732. Here's 50! Pick one.
- 1733. Mind if I stick my nose in?
- 1734. Please.
- 1735. He knows. He sees Kirk Douglas
coming in and out of here.
- 1736. And Otto Preminger and his Rolls.
- 1737. He's an idiot. But he's not stupid.
- 1738. Has he called the FBI?
- 1739. Congress?
- 1740. No, because everything they can do,
- 1741. they've already done.
- 1742. That Oscar belongs to you.
- 1743. Get it!
- 1744. My God! You're nothing like me.
- 1745. You're worse.
- 1746. For the record, you're Robert Rich?
- 1747. I am.
- 1748. I've been through the whole list, Ed.
- 1749. They're all hacks.
- 1750. And you wrote The Brave One?
- 1751. I did.
- 1752. Ed, let me call you back.
- 1753. Why come forward now?
- 1754. Well, as someone who has been
- 1755. by the House Un-American
- 1756. I started wondering,
why hasn't anyone taken
- 1757. a good long look at them
- 1758. and their work in the movie industry?
- 1759. You see, they were convened
to uncover enemy agents,
- 1760. expose communist conspiracies
and write anti-sedition laws.
- 1761. Well, here we are, thousands of hours
- 1762. and millions of dollars later.
- 1763. Agents uncovered, zero.
- 1764. Conspiracies exposed, zero.
Laws written, zero.
- 1765. You see, all they do is deny
people their right to work.
- 1766. And they can't even get that right.
- 1767. Academy Awards, two.
- 1768. And how does that feel?
- 1769. To have so undermined the blacklist
that it's almost a joke.
- 1770. A joke?
- 1771. I know the blacklist
that produced Robert Rich.
- 1772. I've seen its horror and cruelty.
- 1773. A hideous waste of life
- 1774. as I've walked in the
long line of its anonymous.
- 1775. And I cannot invent one more
witticism about Robert Rich
- 1776. or the Oscar he can't claim.
- 1777. Because that small,
- 1778. worthless golden statue
- 1779. is covered with the blood of my friends.
- 1780. I'll get it.
- 1781. Hello? Oh, hello, Otto.
- 1782. I've read your last draft.
- 1783. What do you think?
- 1784. My answer is on the front page
of today's New York Times.
- 1785. You hated it that much?
- 1786. Merry Christmas, Mr. Trumbo.
- 1787. Ed, have a seat.
- 1788. - Well, why doesn't he kill him?
- Kill him.
- 1789. Kill him!
- 1790. - Kill him, you imbecile!
- Kill him!
- 1791. Kill him!
- 1792. Great. Great.
- 1793. Marty, have them put up the scene
with Varinia and Crassus.
- 1794. - Yes, sir.
- Thank you.
- 1795. - Listen, Kirk, I...
- One second.
- 1796. Warren, I'd like you to
put out a press release.
- 1797. The screen... One second, Warren.
- 1798. What do you remember when
you think about Spartacus?
- 1799. He was a man who began all alone
- 1800. like an animal.
- 1801. Yet on the day he died,
thousands and thousands
- 1802. would gladly have died in his place.
- 1803. What was he? Was he a god?
- 1804. He wasn't a god.
- 1805. He was simple man. A slave.
- 1806. I loved him.
- 1807. Warren, the press release will say,
- 1808. "The screenplay for Spartacus
was written by Dalton Trumbo."
- 1809. Thank you.
- 1810. Kirk, if you don't get rid
of Trumbo, I will.
- 1811. And right after I quit,
you can reshoot all my scenes.
- 1812. You see, Ed, for better or worse,
- 1813. I am Spartacus.
- 1814. There's a picture coming out.
It's called Spartacus.
- 1815. It's starring Kirk Douglas,
- 1816. and it is written by Dalton Trumbo.
- 1817. If there is some
other writer's name on it,
- 1818. don't believe it.
- 1819. We're on to them.
- 1820. - Yes?
- Now, listen, Ed.
- 1821. We'll picket every theater that movie
is in unless you pull the prints tonight.
- 1822. And you get that traitor's name off it.
- 1823. Hedda, you can't put me in this position.
- 1824. That's expensive and pointless.
- 1825. Then you can kiss your movie,
your studio and your miserable ass goodbye.
- 1826. Hollywood turns out in force to
hail Ul's new film spectacle, Spartacus,
- 1827. on the premier of the $12-million picture,
- 1828. in the film colony.
- 1829. The protesters also showed up to remind
everyone of the political controversy
- 1830. surrounding the making of this film.
- 1831. Cleo?
- 1832. What is it? What's wrong?
- 1833. Oh...
- 1834. It's over, isn't it?
- 1835. Yes. Yes.
- 1836. And we made it.
- 1837. Yes.
- 1838. President Kennedy
enjoyed a rare evening off
- 1839. attending the new
Kirk Douglas film, Spartacus.
- 1840. We are here live, awaiting
the president's comments.
- 1841. Mr. President,
Mr. President, Mr. President!
- 1842. It's a very controversial film.
- 1843. What did you think?
- 1844. Oh, I think it's a fine picture,
- 1845. and I think it's going to be a big hit.
- 1846. The implication of Kennedy's
approval of this film are wide ranging.
- 1847. The novel was written
by a former communist.
- 1848. The screenplay was adapted
by a former communist.
- 1849. And this signifies the
blacklist may be over,
- 1850. as Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger
- 1851. have openly hired and credited
- 1852. This is a clear repudiation of
a decade-long fight by anti-communists...
- 1853. This next award is for the member
- 1854. who has advanced the
literature of motion pictures.
- 1855. Occasionally, there appears
among us a person
- 1856. whose virtues are so manifest,
- 1857. who so subordinates his own ego
to the concerns of others,
- 1858. who lives in such harmony
with all the standards of the community,
- 1859. that he is revered and loved by everyone.
- 1860. Such a man, Dalton Trumbo is not.
- 1861. It gives me great pleasure to present
the Writers Guild of America Laurel Award
- 1862. to Dalton Trumbo.
- 1863. Congratulations.
- 1864. Thank you, thank you very much.
- 1865. Thank you, thank you very much,
ladies and gentlemen.
- 1866. Often, when I stand before
the film community,
- 1867. there's an elephant in the room.
- 1868. Me.
- 1869. And I thought I would address that.
- 1870. The blacklist was a time of evil.
- 1871. And no one who survived it
- 1872. came through untouched by evil.
- 1873. Caught in a situation that had passed
- 1874. beyond the control of mere individuals.
- 1875. Each person reacted as his nature,
- 1876. his needs, his convictions,
- 1877. and his particular circumstances
- 1878. compelled him to.
- 1879. It was a time of fear.
- 1880. And no one was exempt.
- 1881. Scores of people lost their homes.
- 1882. Their families disintegrated. They lost!
- 1883. And in some...
- 1884. Some even lost their lives.
- 1885. But when you look back
upon that dark time,
- 1886. as I think you should every now and then,
- 1887. it will do you no good
- 1888. to search for heroes or villains.
- 1889. There weren't any.
- 1890. There were only victims.
- 1891. Victims, because each of us
- 1892. felt compelled to say or do things
- 1893. that we otherwise would not.
- 1894. To deliver or receive wounds
- 1895. which we truly did not wish to exchange.
- 1896. I look out to my family sitting there,
- 1897. and I realize what I've put them through.
- 1898. And it's unfair.
- 1899. My wife, who somehow kept it all together,
- 1900. amazes me.
- 1901. And so what I say here tonight
- 1902. is not intended
- 1903. to be hurtful to anyone.
- 1904. It is intended to heal the hurt.
- 1905. To repair the wounds which,
- 1906. for years,
- 1907. have been inflicted upon each other.
- 1908. And most egregiously, upon ourselves.
- 1909. Thank you. Thank you kindly.
- 1910. If you receive the Oscar,
- 1911. what do you intend to do with it?
- 1912. I have... I have a daughter, 13 years old.
- 1913. I've been blacklisted since she was three.
- 1914. She's known the title
- 1915. of every motion picture
I've written in this study.
- 1916. And she's kept that title secret till now.
- 1917. A soldier.
- 1918. When her friends say to her,
as children do,
- 1919. "My father does so-and-so.
What does your father do?"
- 1920. This has confronted her
with a very real problem.
- 1921. It confronts her with the problem,
and has since she was three,
- 1922. of who her father really is.
- 1923. And what her father really does.
- 1924. I, uh, think
- 1925. I will give this Oscar,
if I get it, to that girl.
- 1926. I think I will tell her,
- 1927. "Well, here is one secret
- 1928. "you no longer need to be burdened with."
- 1929. I'll tell her we have
our names back again.