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* TheFiftiesTheFifties: Given since it takes place during the height of the RedScare.

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* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Howard is ''extremely'' apolitical -- until the HUAC forces him to take a stand.


* SadisticChoice: Besmirch the name of a dead man to protect your blacklisted friends and save yourself from prison. It's harder when the blacklisted friends are all divided -- some want him to save himself, others say to tell the truth, and others tell him to take the Fifth Amendment.

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* SadisticChoice: Besmirch Whether to besmirch the name of a dead man to protect your blacklisted friends and save yourself from prison.prison or take a moral stand. It's harder when the blacklisted friends are all divided -- some want him to save himself, others say to tell the truth, and others tell him to take the Fifth Amendment.

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* SadisticChoice: Besmirch the name of a dead man to protect your blacklisted friends and save yourself from prison. It's harder when the blacklisted friends are all divided -- some want him to save himself, others say to tell the truth, and others tell him to take the Fifth Amendment.

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* DespairEventHorizon: It's depressing to watch Hecky disintegrate under the pressure.
-->'''Hecky:''' That girl you're with. What's her name?
-->'''Howard:''' Florence.
-->'''Hecky:''' ''(manic)'' A troublemaker. I heard her talking on the set. Subversive. She's a red. You like that girl?
-->'''Howard:''' Yes, I like her.
-->'''Hecky:''' '''''Her name? Her full name.'''''


* UptownGirl: Played with. Florence comes from an upper-class background and is clearly mismatched with the working-class Howard, but the main conflict between them once the truth comes out turns out to be between her political idealism and his pragmatic desire for success. [[spoiler:He wins her over in the end by refusing to cave to the HUAC.]]

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* UptownGirl: Played with. Florence comes from an upper-class background and is clearly mismatched with the working-class Howard, but the main conflict between them once the truth comes out turns out to be between her political idealism and his pragmatic desire for success.success and comfort. [[spoiler:He wins her over in the end by refusing to cave to the HUAC.]]


* UptownGirl: Played with. Florence comes from an upper-class background and is clearly mismatched with the working-class Howard, but the main conflict between them once the truth comes out turns out to be her political idealism versus his pragmatic desire for success. [[spoiler:He wins her over in the end by refusing to cave to the HUAC.]]

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* UptownGirl: Played with. Florence comes from an upper-class background and is clearly mismatched with the working-class Howard, but the main conflict between them once the truth comes out turns out to be between her political idealism versus and his pragmatic desire for success. [[spoiler:He wins her over in the end by refusing to cave to the HUAC.]]

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* UptownGirl: Played with. Florence comes from an upper-class background and is clearly mismatched with the working-class Howard, but the main conflict between them once the truth comes out turns out to be her political idealism versus his pragmatic desire for success. [[spoiler:He wins her over in the end by refusing to cave to the HUAC.]]


* 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.

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* 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 Loeb, AND died a year after the film's release, makes this even more a TearJerker.


* NiceGuy: Howard. In the end, Hecky says this of him even though he's plainly jealous of Howard's meteoric rise.

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* NiceGuy: Howard. In the end, Hecky says this of him even though he's plainly jealous of Howard's meteoric rise.rise, chiefly because Howard [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe never abandons him]].


* 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.

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Hecky Brown]], based on the real-life suicide of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Loeb Philip Loeb]].
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Loeb]]. The fact that [[spoiler:Zero Mostel]] was friends with Loeb makes this even more a TearJerker.


''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.

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''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 [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist blacklisted]] during the RedScare of the 1950s.
early 1950s.

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* 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.

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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Under pressure to "name names", Howard is told he can get off easily by naming Hecky, [[spoiler:who [[spoiler: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, leading to his imprisonment.


* 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.

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* MisterSandmanSequence: The film opens with a montage of old newsreel clips depicting American life in the early 1950s, as Music/FrankSinatra's "Young at Heart" plays on the soundtrack.

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* ImAManICantHelpIt: Hecky claims to have only been attending Party meetings to get laid. "It was the girl with the big ass!"

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