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Movie review: 'Trumbo' does its brave subject justice

Movie review: 'Trumbo' does its brave subject justice

Dalton Trumbo won an Oscar for writing the 1956 film "The Brave One," a moniker that should have been bestowed on Trumbo himself.

He didn't personally accept the award until nearly 20 years later, because he wrote the movie under a pseudonym. Trumbo was one of the most outspoken of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted for refusing to testify about Communist sympathizers during the Cold War panic that made the First Amendment its biggest victim. Imprisoned for eleven months and barred from working at the peak of his career, he stuck to his ideals when those around him were caving to Congress's House Un-American Activities Committee.

This blot on American history is hardly...