Any ATS movie buffs out there? "Executive Action" (1973) sure has a lot of trivia behind it. Once we uncover some of the trivia it might help us to
better understand some of the quirky historical narratives at play during the 1960's which could include Richard Nixon, Donald Trumbo, JFK, Mark Lane
and other possible leads to the assassination.
First we need some sources.
1. Dalton Trumbo wiki en.wikipedia.org...
2. Richard Nixon's screening list by Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe www.press.uchicago.edu...
3. Dalton Trumbo's filmography at IMDB www.imdb.com...
Next, we'll take Nixon's screening list and scan it for films connected to Donald Trumbo. There are 6 hits.
FILMS by TRUMBO (year of release) + DATA of NIXON SCREENING
Roman Holiday (1953) 10/18/69 @ White House
Hawaii (1966) 2/13/70 @ Key Biscayne, Florida
Spartacus (1963) 1/29/71 @ Caneel Bay Plantation (President John F. Kennedy crossed picket lines to see the movie)
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944) 9/26/72 @ Camp David
Lonely Are The Brave (1962) 9/30/1973 @ Camp David
Executive Action (1973) Jan/74 @ Camp David
It's important, I think, to understand Nixon's relationship to Communism in the 1950's because he was a Commie Hunter, arguably of a better calibre
than Senator Joe McCarthy even was. Donald Trumbo wrote the screenplay for "Executive Action". Trumbo was also one of hundreds of people hunted and
black-listed by Hollywood studios AND the House Un-American Activities committee (of which Nixon served when he was in the Congress).
We can only imagine what Nixon was thinking when he screened Trumbo's "Executive Action" (1973) knowing that the film had been removed from
theaters less than a month after it was released.
Although the Hollywood black-list era had largely ended by the early 1960's it figures that "Executive Action" was treated with the same censorship
attitude of a black-listed film because,
The criticism of the film and its suggestion of a Military-industrial complex conspiracy led to the film being removed totally from the movie
theaters by early December 1973 and getting no TV/Video runs until the 1980s and mid-1990s, when it got legal release and distribution for TV and
video. Source en.wikipedia.org...(film)
One might wonder how Richard Nixon copped a print of a "black listed" film after all copies had been withdrawn. One might wonder what RN was
thinking when he screened "Executive Action" and all the memories that it would dredge up for him... the HUAC, the dedicated, rabid anti-communism,
the black-listed Trumbo, in the context of a military-industrial war (Viet Nam) that could not be won.
One more thing to remember: the reality of Richard Nixon's presence in Dallas on November 22, 1963.