Whatever Works was originally written by Allen in the s, and the character played by David was written for Zero Mostel , who died the year Annie Hall came out. I don't like meeting heroes. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment. Broadway Danny Rose , in which he plays a New York show business agent, The Purple Rose of Cairo , a movie that shows the importance of the cinema during the Depression through the character of the naive Cecilia, and Radio Days , a film about his childhood in Brooklyn and the importance of the radio. Audiences there tend to be more receptive to his films, particularly in Spain, France and Italy—countries where he has a large audience joked about in Hollywood Ending. The Front was a humorous and poignant account of Hollywood blacklisting during the s; Ritt, screenwriter Walter Bernstein , and three of Allen's cast-mates, Samuel "Zero" Mostel , Herschel Bernardi , and Lloyd Gough , had themselves been blacklisted. In he hosted an episode of The Kraft Music Hall where he would intersperse humor with interviews of famous people, including conservative writer William F. Cyrus plays the part of a radical hippie fugitive who sells marijuana. Of course I recognized myself in the roles [Woody Allen] wrote. His reputation is not a dead shark but an albatross, which with admirable economy Allen has arranged for the critics to carry around their own necks. There's nobody I want to meet and nobody I want to work with—I'd rather work with Diane Keaton than anyone—she's absolutely great, a natural. I mean, in Annie Hall particularly. It focuses on the life of a suburban family after a surprise visitor creates chaos among them.