The Front (1976)

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The Front
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TitleThe Front
Year1976
CountryUSA
GenreDrama (Movies)
Run Time1h 34 min
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In New York City, 1953, at the height of the anti-Communist investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), television screenwriter Alfred Miller is blacklisted and cannot get work. He asks his friend Howard Prince, a restaurant cashier and small-time bookie, to sign his name to Miller’s television scripts in exchange for ten percent of the money Miller makes from them, i.e. to serve as a “front” for Miller. Howard agrees out of friendship and because he needs the money. The scripts are submitted to network producer Phil Sussman, who is pleased to have a writer not on the television blacklist. Howard’s script also offers a plum role for Hecky Brown, one of Sussman’s top actors.

Howard becomes such a success that Miller’s two fellow screenwriter friends hire him to be their front as well. The quality of the scripts and Howard’s ability to write so many impresses Florence Barrett, Susser’s idealistic script editor, who mistakes him for a principled artist. Howard begins dating her but changes the subject whenever she wants to discuss his work.

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The Front
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Cast:

Woody Allen Woody Allen
Howard Prince
Zero Mostel Zero Mostel
Hecky Brown
Herschel Bernardi Herschel Bernardi
Phil Sussman
Michael Murphy Michael Murphy
Alfred Miller
Andrea Marcovicci Andrea Marcovicci
Florence Barrett

In New York City, 1953, at the height of the anti-Communist investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), television screenwriter Alfred Miller is blacklisted and cannot get work. He asks his friend Howard Prince, a restaurant cashier and small-time bookie, to sign his name to Miller’s television scripts in exchange for ten percent of the money Miller makes from them, i.e. to serve as a “front” for Miller. Howard agrees out of friendship and because he needs the money. The scripts are submitted to network producer Phil Sussman, who is pleased to have a writer not on the television blacklist. Howard’s script also offers a plum role for Hecky Brown, one of Sussman’s top actors.

Howard becomes such a success that Miller’s two fellow screenwriter friends hire him to be their front as well. The quality of the scripts and Howard’s ability to write so many impresses Florence Barrett, Susser’s idealistic script editor, who mistakes him for a principled artist. Howard begins dating her but changes the subject whenever she wants to discuss his work.

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