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.
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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 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
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
Swimming's not a sport, swimming's what you do so that you shouldn't drown.
During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted. See more
Anything for a Laugh
Music by Carrie Hoffman
Lyrics by Ira Gassman
Performed by Zero Mostel See more