Exodus Script

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Director:Otto Preminger
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Leon Uris (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Based on Leon Uris' novel, this historical epic provides a dramatic backstory to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, in the aftermath of World War II. Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a passionate member of the Jewish paramilitary group Haganah, attempts to transport 600 Jewish refugees on a dangerous voyage from Cyprus to Palestine on a ship named the Exodus. He faces obstruction from British forces, who will not grant the ship passage to its destination.

The Fixer Script

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Director:John Frankenheimer
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Bernard Malamud (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bog who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the “ritual murder” of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant-handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail.

Five Came Back Script

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Director:John Farrow
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Nathanael West (Screenplay), Richard Carroll (Story), Jerome Cady (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety.

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Script

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Director:Mervyn LeRoy
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Ted W. Lawson (Story)

Script Synopsis:In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Roman Holiday Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Novel), Ian McLellan Hunter (Screenplay), John Dighton (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Hawaii Script

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Director:George Roy Hill
Written by:James Michener (Novel), Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Daniel Taradash (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Johnny Got His Gun Script

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Director:Dalton Trumbo
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Scenario Writer)

Script Synopsis:Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories and unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming. He remains frustrated by his situation, until one day when Joe discovers a unique way to communicate with his caregivers.

Executive Action Script

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Director:David Miller
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.

Tender Comrade

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Director:Edward Dmytryk
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Jo Jones, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation.


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Director:Franklin J. Schaffner
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Screenplay), Henri Charrière (Original Story)

Script Synopsis:A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.