The Front is a disappointing drama about showbiz blacklisting. The offbeat casting of Woody Allen, as a perennial loser who lends his name and person to blacklisted writers, is far more showmanlike than successful.
Michael Murphy, very good as an Allen chum from high-school days, gets Allen to put his name on scripts for live TV producer Herschel Bernardi and story editor Andrea Marcovicci, latter becoming the target of Allen’s emotions. Lloyd Gough and David Margulies also feed their scripts through Allen. This attracts the attention of Remak Ramsay, professional ‘clearance consultant’ to the network where Scott McKay is the liaison exec.
The real-life story of the blacklist in NY-based broadcasting is certainly not unfamiliar to several of the filmmakers here.
1976: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay