Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Screenwriters) for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (Season 37, Game 28):
This once-blacklisted screenwriter of “Spartacus” got a posthumous credit & an Oscar for a 1953 film
(correct response beneath the contestants)
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|Cole Bolton, an A.I. writer originally from South Hero, Vermont
|Aimee Lim, a library page from Arcadia, California
|Carlos Chaidez, a civil engineer from Burbank, California (1-day total: $10,400)
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Correct response: Who is Dalton Trumbo?
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Dalton Trumbo was one of the more prominent members of the “Hollywood Ten”, a group cited for contempt of Congress in 1947 for refusing to answer questions about their alleged involvement with the Communist Party. They were also blacklisted from Hollywood—along with hundreds of others. Trumbo did not receive a single screenwriting credit between 1947 and 1960’s Exodus; Dalton’s blacklist ended when Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo had written 1960’s Spartacus. However, he still wrote during the 1950s; Ian McLellan Hunter served as a “front” for Trumbo in 1953’s Roman Holiday, which won the Oscar for Academy Award for Best Story. While Trumbo died in 1976, he was awarded a posthumous Oscar for the film in 1993—the award was presented to his widow. Interestingly, a second statue needed to be made as Hunter’s son refused to hand over the original Oscar. The Writer’s Guild of America gave Trumbo full credit for Roman Holiday in 2011.
Remember, though, the words of George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I could definitely see a recurrence of a Hollywood blacklist under the wrong circumstances.
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Scores going into Final:
Carlos $7,000 – $1,000 = $6,000 (Who is not KUBRICK!)
Aimee $12,600 + $12,600 = $25,200 (Who is Trumbo?) (1-day total: $25,200)
Cole $21,000 – $4,300 = $16,700 (Who is Gold?)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) COOKING & FOOD $600 (clue #21)
Cole 7000 +2500 (Carlos 1400 Aimee -200)
2) BROADWAY DEBUTS $1200 (clue #22)
Cole 18500 -500 (Carlos 8200 Aimee 7400)
3) JAPANESE EMPERORS $800 (clue #23)
Cole 18000 +1000 (Carlos 8200 Aimee 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 39
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 60 (2.14 per episode average), 1 Daily Double
Aimee $12,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Cole $19,400 Coryat, 24 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Carlos $7,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,000
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,200
Carlos Chaidez, career statistics:
39 correct, 10 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
39.45% in first on buzzer (43/109)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600
Aimee Lim, career statistics:
14 correct, 1 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
19.30% in first on buzzer (11/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600
Cole Bolton, career statistics:
24 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,400
Aimee Lim, to win:
2 games: 42.343%
Avg. streak: 1.734 games.
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