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.
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Did You Know?
Though cast with two comedians, this picture was not a comedy, according to director Martin Ritt
, who once said, "instead, what the audience will get is a film filled with bitterness and irony that reflect the ludicrousness of the time of the blacklist". 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
A writer looks for trouble.
No, wrong. A lunatic looks for trouble.
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 Simpsons: The Front
Anything for a Laugh
Music by Carrie Hoffman
Lyrics by Ira Gassman
Performed by Zero Mostel See more