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The Front (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  17 September 1976 (USA)
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A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.


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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 Jeremy Perkins <>

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The character of Hecky Brown portrayed by Zero Mostel was loosely based on real-life actor Philip Loeb who was a real-life personal friend of Mostel who had been black-listed and later committed suicide. See more »


An establishing shot up the Bowery to the Peter Cooper statue (before the script exchange) doesn't include the El tracks, which would have still been present until the Third Avenue El made its last run in May 1955. See more »


Hecky Brown: [Parting words to Howard] Take care of yourself. The water is full of sharks.
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Music by Johnny Richards
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
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My brief review of the film
22 April 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A fascinating film about blacklisting in the entertainment industry, the material does feel rather dry but the ideas are good and the quality of the acting pushes it through when nothing else does. Michael Murphy plays his character in a very human and realistic manner, and the performers are all round well suited, although Allen goes for comedy whereas everything else is in dramatic mode. The film is weighed down in fact by unevenness between comedy and drama throughout, however it is not entirely Allen's fault. Ritt's direction seems somewhat patchy with varying tones throughout. I definitely wouldn't call this a great film - or at least I can't say that I liked it a lot - but it still did have enough in it to keep me interested until the end.

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