Dalton TrumboTrumbo the film, I do not judge the fine actors nor their performance in this make-believe film, but I take exception that there is value or a substantive message learned from untold truth, innuendo and the manipulation of facts by the producers and director of this film.Aside from the political debate, the movie Trumbo misrepresents the avarice conniving men that Trumbo and the King Bros were. Trumbo and the King Bros were all about the money and getting attention to that end.Trumbo was not a hero, he was a grandstander who mislead and toyed with the media about many things and the most important among them, to me, was his plagiarism of my fatherâ€™s work.Trumbo lied about being the original author of the screenplay that the 1956 film, â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ was based.My father, Juan Duval, was the author of the original screenplay which the film â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ was based and awarded the Oscar for â€œBest Original Storyâ€. My father died before film production and the King Bros and Trumbo unashamedly took advantage of it.Trumbo was a prodigious writer and during the Blacklist period he wrote and rewrote scripts for less money for low-life producers like the King Bros and anyone else who paid him under the table. Frank Kingâ€™s nephew by marriage, Robert Rich, was the fourth person listed as the author of â€œthe Brave Oneâ€ (after the King Bros removed the title page of the original script) and was an afterthought and not initially intended to be a front for Trumbo. Per the FBI report, Rich was an office errand boy and bag man who picked up scripts and delivered cash to Trumbo.Roman Holiday may be Trumboâ€™s original story for all I know (and I love the film), but Trumbo was not in Italy during the shooting where much of the script was re-written by Director William Wyler and screenwriter Ian McLellan Hunter. They wrote script on set day to day and the nights before shooting the film, as was Wylerâ€™s method of film making. After Hunterâ€™s death, his son would not return the Oscar (and rightly so) when asked by the Academy so the Academy could then issue the Oscar to Trumbo decades later. In my opinion, the success of the film was due to Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburnâ€™s splendid performance of romance against the background of post WWII Italy.Proof that Trumbo plagiarized my fatherâ€™s original screenplay is revealed in Trumboâ€™s book of letters, â€œAdditional Dialogueâ€, page 270/271 wherein he explains to the King Bros that he, â€œruthlessly cut all extraneous material and scenes, and kept rigidly the simple story of the boy and the bullâ€. Trumbo cut 50 pages from the original screenplay.No matter, it was my fatherâ€™s original story and not Trumboâ€™s, which was the category the Oscar was awarded. The Academy should issue a posthumous Oscar to my father, as they did for Trumbo for Roman Holiday.If you read the screenplay marked #1 and the redacted letters in Trumboâ€™s book, â€œAdditional Dialogue, Letters of Dalton Trumbo, 1942-1962â€ and compare them to the rewritten scripts and un-redacted letters archived at the University of Wisconsin Library, itâ€™s obvious that Trumbo didnâ€™t write the original screenplay, otherwise, why would he criticize and complain to the King Bros in so many letters about the original screenplay.â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ script marked â€œ#1â€ with 170 pages is archived in the University of Wisconsin Library where Trumbo donated all his work. The â€œ#1â€ scriptâ€™s Title page was removed and no author was mentioned.The â€œfirst versionâ€ (133 pages) and â€œsecond versionâ€ (119 pages) of the scripts
listed â€œScreenplay by: Arthur J. Henleyâ€.The last two scripts listed â€œScreenplay by Merrill G. White and Harry S Franklin on the early movie posters and â€œOriginal Story by Robert L. Richâ€ was added to scripts later.When the King Bros listed their nephew Robert Rich as author they had no idea that â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ would be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Story. At first, Frank King said that there was no such person as Robert Rich and later he said that they bought a 6-page script from a Robert Rich who was away in Germany or Spain.Robert Rich (the nephew) did not attend the Oscar awards because he turned informant for the FBI who were watching Trumbo and Rich didnâ€™t want to be publicly humiliated when the truth came out. And Trumbo used the excuse for not being able to produce the original screenplay for The Brave One on his residence being burgled while intimating that it was the FBI who tossed his residence (FBI File Number: 100-1338754; Serial: 1118; Part: 13 of 15). The FBI did in fact toss his residence but had no interest in scripts.White and Franklin were editors and acting as fronts for Trumbo before and after â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ movie. The King Bros did not initially intend that their nephew Robert Rich be a front for Trumbo as White and Franklin were first listed as the screenwriters on the movie posters of The Brave One. It was only after the media played up the no-show at the Oscars that the King Bros and Trumbo saw an opportunity to play the media and sell tickets (per Trumboâ€™s letters to the King Bros).Juan Duval, poet, dancer, choreographer, composer and director of stage and film was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1897. He matriculated from the Monastery at Monserrat and moved to Paris in 1913 where he studied with his uncle M Duval. Juan Duval was renowned as a Classical Spanish and Apache dancer and performed in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. Juan was fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and English.In 1915, Juan Duval was conscripted into the French Army and fought in Tunis and Verdun, where he suffered head wounds and was partially gassed. He came to the US in 1918 and joined the US Army and was then stationed with the 50th Infantry in occupied Germany for two years before immigrating to the US where he directed live theater and taught dancing and acting at his Studio of Spanish Dancing on Hollywood Blvd across from the Warner Bros Theatre. Juan produced Cave of Sorrow (Play); Lila (Musical Comedy); Spanish Love (Drama); Café Madrid; Spanish Revue; Night In Paris (Drama) and choreographed â€œOne Mad Kissâ€ (musical) and at least one sword fighting scene with Rudolf Valentino. He directed movies in Mexico and Cuba including the 1935 highest grossing Spanish speaking film, â€œEl Diablo Del Marâ€ starring Movita (Marlon Brandoâ€™s second wife).Mizi Trumbo refused to talk to me about The Brave One original screenplay.Before former Director of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Bruce Davis retired, he told me that because of the documentation that I provided him, he was inclined to believe that my father wrote the original screenplay which the movie, â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ was based.The Academy gave Trumbo an Oscar for â€œThe Brave Oneâ€ 20 years after the Oscars and posthumously gave him another Oscar for the Roman Holiday in 2011.The Academy of Arts and Sciences should recognize my fatherâ€™s original story and posthumously awarded him the Oscar for â€œBest Original Storyâ€ for â€œThe Brave Oneâ€.