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The Front

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.

Cast:
Woody Allen Zero Mostel Herschel Bernardi Michael Murphy Andrea Marcovicci Remak Ramsay

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

The Front

Production: Columbia. Director Martin Ritt; Producer Martin Ritt; Screenplay Walter Bernstein; Camera Michael Chapman; Editor Sidney Levin; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director Charles Bailey

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Woody Allen Zero Mostel Herschel Bernardi Michael Murphy Andrea Marcovicci Remak Ramsay

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