In the early 1950s Howard Prince, who works in a restaurant, helps out a black-listed writer friend by selling a TV station a script under his own name. The money is useful in paying off gambling debts, so he takes on three more such clients. Howard is politically pretty innocent, but involvement with Florence - who quits TV in disgust over things - and friendship with the show's ex-star - now himself blacklisted - make him start to think about what is really going on. Written by
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America's Most Unlikely Hero.
Did You Know?
The writers in the deli, according to screenwriter Walter Bernstein
, were a composite of himself, Abraham Polonsky
, and Arnold Manoff
. All three writers were blacklisted by Hollywood as a result of the anti-communist hysteria and House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings. All three also co-wrote the segments for the 1950's TV series You Are There
(1953). See more
Investigator Hennessey, as his name is spelled in the credits, is shown sitting at his desk on which there is a nameplate which reads Francis K. Hennessy. See more
Do you want a drink?
[Distracted and worried
Yeah, but just a drink.
During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted. See more
Young at Heart
Sung by Frank Sinatra
Music by Johnny Richards
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh See more