When the Oscar is presented for Best Screenplay at the 1954 Awards the presenter says, "And the Oscar goes to..." This phrase was not used by presenters until the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. In the 1950s the presenter would have said, "And the winner is..." when presenting an Oscar.
When Trumbo and Otto Preminger talk over the phone on the day where Preminger announces Trumbo by name as the screen writer of Exodus, there is a ceramic teapot on the breakfast table. This teapot's design was part of a Hallmark special edition series by Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin and came out in 1996, some forty years after the scene took place.
When Trumbo and others leave the courtroom following their conviction for Contempt of Congress in the late 1940s, they're surrounded by reporters, many of whom are using microphones not introduced until the 1970s.
Two weeks before Christmas 1959, when Otto Preminger walks into Dalton Trumbo's home, he is seen carrying a full copy of the new script for SPARTACUS, the cover page at the bottom incorrectly says Universal City Studios, Inc., including the trademark. More than four years before Universal City Studios was created. Spartacus was released in the USA by Universal-International (Universal Pictures), with its World Premiere on 22nd September 1960 at the DeMille Theatre in New York, and on general USA cinema release from 6th October 1960. The long-awaited takeover of Universal Pictures by MCA, Inc. happened in mid-1962 as part of the MCA-Decca Records merger, and then in 1964 MCA Inc. formed Universal City Studios, Inc. from the merger of both Universal Pictures and Revue Productions.
Cleo Trumbo uses her 35mm film camera to take an indoor photograph of her daughter Niki Trumbo for her 16th birthday. At the time, no cameras were able to take a clear picture indoor without an additional light source.
Throughout Dalton Trumbo's home in the suburbs, there are incorrect electricity receptacle outlets that take three-prong (grounded) plugs, that for the year 1959 should have been the (2-prong) non-grounding electricity receptacle outlets. Homes built before 1962 had most of their original 125 VOLT electricity receptacle outlets of the (2-prong) non-grounding type. In 1947, the NEC (USA) code first required grounding type (3-prong) receptacles for the laundry. In 1956 the required use of grounding type receptacles was extended to basements, garages, outdoors and other areas where a person might be standing on ground. From 1962 grounded outlets became required in American homes, because the NEC (USA) code was revised to require all branch circuits to include a grounding conductor or ground path to which the grounding contacts of the receptacle must be connected.
When Nikola enters the living room, about 30 minutes into movie, Trumbo is laying on the couch, going through the script, holding a whiskey glass on his chest and smoking a cigarette. Camera only jumps to Nikola as she says "I thought you weren't allowed to write anymore..". As soon as camera returns to Trumbo, the glass is on the table and he's now holding the cigarette which is obviously way too consumed than it was before.
At the picnic at Trumbo's house, Edward is sitting at the picnic table, looking at Dalton over his right shoulder. He asks Dalton a question, then you see Dalton give a short answer from the barbeque. When you see Edward respond, he is on the other side of the table, looking over his left shoulder.
The movie shows Trumbo and former Congressman J. Parnell Thomas in the same prison. But they never were, Thomas was imprisoned in Danbury CT Prison with Lester Cole and Ring Lardner, Jr., both members of the "Hollywood Ten". Trumbo served eleven months in the federal penitentiary in Ashland, Kentucky, not in Connecticut.
The Academy is shown presenting an award for "Best Original Story" for the film "The Brave One" to Jesse Lasky, Jr. on behalf of the fictitious "Robert Rich." Though Dalton Trumbo, using the name "Robert Rich," wrote the screenplay for "The Brave One," he did not write its original story. The story had been written back in 1942 under the title "My Friend Bonito" by documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty for Orson Welles' never-finished compilation film "It's All True."
In the scene where Trumbo and Otto Preminger talk over the phone on the day where Preminger announces Trumbo by name as the screen writer of "Spartacus", there is a ceramic teapot on the breakfast table. This teapot's design was part of a Hallmark special edition series by Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin and came out in 1996, some forty years after the scene took place.
Hedda Hopper is asked how her son is doing in the Navy. She replies that he is a First Lieutenant. While this is usually regarded as an Army rank, the title First Lieutenant is also given to the leading officer of the deck division on any U. S. ship.