It took 60 years, but The Writers Guild of America, West has decided to restore Dalton Trumbo’s screenwriting credit for the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Trumbo was one of ten filmmakers who refused to testify House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was cited for contempt along with the other “Hollywood 10” and spent 11 months in prison. When he was released, he was put on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Trumbo wrote the screenplay for Roman Holiday, but sold the script through his friend Ian McLellan Hunter. Hunter got the credit and kept it until now.
“It is not in our power to erase the mistakes or the suffering of the past,” WGAW President Chris Keyser said in a release. “But we can make amends, we can pledge not to fall prey again to the dangerous power of fear or to the impulse to censor, even if that pledge is really only a hope. And, in the end, we can give credit where credit is due.”
The effort to give proper credit was spearheaded by Trumbo’s son Chris–a WGAW writer himself–who passed away just last January, before he could see his father given the credit he was due.