'''''The Front''''' is a 1976 comedy-drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Creator/WoodyAllen as a bookie who acts as a front for television writers blacklisted during the RedScare of the 1950s.

!!''The Front'' provides examples of:

* BecomingTheMask: Though he doesn't become a genuine writer, Howard comes to sympathize with the blacklisted artists he's met, [[spoiler: and refuses to give the HUAC members any names]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Hecky Brown has taken his own life, and Howard has been carted off to jail. But not without standing up to the HUAC board]].
* BorschtBelt: Hecky has his roots there, and goes back to playing it after his blacklisting.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Hecky Brown]], based on the real-life suicide of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Loeb Philip Loeb]].
** The fact that [[spoiler:Zero Mostel]] was friends with Loeb makes this even more a TearJerker.
* TheFifties
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Howard's bookie career bites him when the HUAC members threaten to charge him with illegal gambling unless he can give names for communist sympathizers.
* LargeHam: Hecky Brown, played by RealLife Large Ham Zero Mostel.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Invoked. When put before the HUAC committee, Howard is able to dodge their questions by answering them in a way that prevents him from confirming anything. Unfortunately, the committee had another ace up their sleeve.
* MisterSandmanSequence: The film opens with a montage of old newsreel clips depicting life in the early 1950s, as Music/FrankSinatra's "Young at Heart" plays on the soundtrack.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Alfred Miller, not to be confused with actual blacklisted playwright Arthur Miller.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:The film's final line, delivered by Howard to the HUAC members.]]
* RedScare: The Second Red Scare, as it's known.
* SadClown: Hecky again.
* StageNames: Hecky Brown's real name is Herschel Bronstein.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Under pressure to "name names", Howard is told he can get off easily by naming Hecky, [[spoiler:who is dead]]. No one would care, and no one thinks Howard is a sympathizer. Rather than take the easy way out, Howard tells the committee off to honor his friends, leading to his imprisonment.
* WitchHunt: The HUAC.