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Dalton Trumbo


  (1905 - 1976)

Nationality:    USA
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James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905  September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist. As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich", Trumbo's pseudonym - Wicki

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        Biggest Thief In Town, The

Biggest Thief In Town, The

In a small town, the undertaker and the doctor plan to steal the body of the town's wealthiest citizen. That gentleman, a crook, has just passed out of the picture and the undertaker, who has led a quiet and honest life to date, sees no reason why he should not get a well paying job. So the undertaker and doctor enter the home of the deceased and proceed to take his body back to the shop. the undertaker and his friend picture a rosy future until the corpse comes to life and regains consciousness. the old gentleman is left on the sofa in the undertaker's office, where he proceeds to reveal the fact that he will die penniless, leaving his affairs in such condition as to make legal trouble for his successors. the undertaker, who has bought an option on the only bronze casket west of New York, sees himseif stuck for a goodly sum and is not unwilling to allow the job of attending to the deceased financier (he has since actually died) to go to a rival. When he is on the point of unloading the casket on his rival, h


1st Produced:
Mansfield Theatre, New York    30 Mar 1949


1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1949   -


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Comedy three acts

Male:  10            Female:  2            Other:  -

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