is a 1976 film starring Woody Allen
and Zero Mostel
about a man who acts as a front for writers blacklisted during the Red Scare
of the 1950s.
The Front provides examples of:
- Borscht Belt: Hecky has his roots there, and goes back to playing it after his blacklisting.
- Driven to Suicide: Hecky Brown, based on the real-life suicide of Philip Loeb.
- The Fifties
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Jim Dial wants Woody to name names!
- Large Ham: Hecky Brown, played by Real Life Large Ham Zero Mostel.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Alfred Miller, not to be confused with actual blacklisted playwright Arthur Miller.
- Precision F-Strike: The film's final line, delivered by Howard to the HUAC members.
- Reality Subtext: Most of the cast and crew actually were Blacklisted during the Red Scare, including actor Zero Mostel and director Martin Ritt. The dates of their blacklisting appear under their names in the end credits.
- Red Scare: The Second Red Scare, as it's known.
- Sad Clown: Hecky again.
- Stage Names: Hecky Brown's real name is Herschel Bronstein.
- What You Are in the Dark: Howard is told he can get off easily naming Hecky, 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, despite being arrested.
- Witch Hunt: The HUAC.