The Front | 1975

Drama, Comedy
During the McCarthy era of the 1950s, Howard Prince is working as a cashier in a bar and struggling to supplement his income by with a side job as a bookie. His old friend Alfred Miller is a successful television writer ...more
Director: Martin Ritt
Writers: Walter Bernstein
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 1 win & 1 nomination | full awards »

Cast

... Howard Prince

Actor

... Hecky Brown

Actor

... Phil Sussman

Actor

... Alfred Miller

Actor

... Florence Barrett

Actor

... Hennessey

Actor

... Myer Prince

Actor

... Delaney

Actor

... Phelps

Actor

... Sam

Actor

... Howard's Attorney

Actor

... Committee Counselor

Actor

Company

Ritt-Rollins-Joffe Productions

Production Company

Synopsis

During the McCarthy era of the 1950s, Howard Prince is working as a cashier in a bar and struggling to supplement his income by with a side job as a bookie. His old friend Alfred Miller is a successful television writer whose leftist political views have caused him to be blacklisted and he cannot work. Alfred asks Howard to be his "front," to put his name on Alfred's scripts and sell them, for which he will receive part of the payment. Howard's "writing" is a hit, and before long he is fronting for several blacklisted writers. Now Howard is enjoying a healthy income and the reputation of TV's newest success. But a comic named Hecky Brown, who had a brief interest in socialism at one time, has been told that if he wants to continue as the host of his weekly television show he will have to name names, and he begins to look at Howard with some suspicion.

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