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'''''The Front''''' is a 1976 film starring Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/ZeroMostel about a man who acts as a front for writers blacklisted during the RedScare of the 1950s.

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

* 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]].
* TheFifties
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[MurphyBrown Jim Dial]] wants Woody to name names!
* LargeHam: Hecky Brown, played by RealLife Large Ham ZeroMostel.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Alfred Miller, not to be confused with actual blacklisted playwright ArthurMiller.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:The film's final line, delivered by Howard to the HUAC members.]]
* RealitySubtext: Most of the cast and crew actually ''were'' Blacklisted during the RedScare, including actor Zero Mostel and director Martin Ritt. The dates of their blacklisting appear under their names in the end credits.
* RedScare: The Second Red Scare, as it's known.
* SadClown: Hecky again.
* StageNames: Hecky Brown's real name is Herschel Bronstein.
* WitchHunt: The HUAC.