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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?
According to director Martin Ritt
, who said of the McCarthy-era black-listing: "They [the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)] wanted me to turn my friends in. A rat does that, and has to live with it the rest of his life." In 'Picking Up the Tab: The Life and Movies of Martin Ritt' by Carlton Jackson, Ritt said of Elia Kazan
's disclosure: "Oh, Kazan and I still talked, but it was never the same. His behavior didn't help our relationship." 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
This friend of yours, Alfred Miller...
We went to school together.
And you had no idea that he was a Communist?
He was only 12.
During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted. See more
Featured in Hollywood on Trial
Young at Heart
Sung by Frank Sinatra
Music by Johnny Richards
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
(uncredited) See more