PG | | Drama
In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
The character of Hecky Brown portrayed by Zero Mostel was loosely based on actor Philip Loeb who was a personal friend of Mostel who had been black-listed and later committed suicide.
Howard, I really ought to tell you. I'm involved.
Howard Prince: I don't understand. What is that, are you married?
Florence Barrett: No, but involved.
Howard Prince: So what? I mean, you telling me that you're one of those "one guy at a time" people?
Howard Prince: Yeah? Okay. Here's what I say to you - we go out,...
An establishing shot up the Bowery to the Peter Cooper statue (before the script exchange) doesn't include the El tracks, which would have still been present until the Third Avenue El made its last run in May 1955.
During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted.