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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What if there were a list? A list that said: Our finest actors weren't allowed to act. Our best writers weren't allowed to write. What would it be like if there were such a list. It would be like America in 1953.
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Did You Know?
The film's director Martin Ritt
once said of working with actor Zero Mostel
whose character he played was based on his black-listed friend who suicided: "I think it had a special significance for all of us, and I include Woody in that, though obviously he [Woody Allen
] wasn't blacklisted. I had a good time working with Z [Zero]. He could be difficult. He didn't always get along perfectly with Woody. But they respected each other". 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
I - I still don't see why we can't fix it. You know what I me...? Pay somebody off 'cau - 'cause how much cou-could it cost, you know, 'cause they're just Congressmen?
During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted. See more
Referenced in The Dirties
Young at Heart
Sung by Frank Sinatra
Music by Johnny Richards
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
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