The Front Page (1931)

The Front Page

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This first of four film versions of the Ben Hecht/Charlrd MacArthur Broadway hit stars Adolphe Menjou as explosive Chicago newspaper-editor Walter Burns and Pat O'Brien as his star reporter Hildy Johnson. Hildy is on the verge of getting married and retiring from Burns' dirty little tabloid, but he agrees to cover one last story: the politically motivated execution of convicted cop killer Earl Williams (George E. Stone). Thanks to the stupidity of the police, Williams manages to escape, and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Bartlett Cormack, Charles Lederer
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On DVD: May 8, 2001
Runtime:

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Cast


as Walter Burns

as Hildy Johnson

as Peggy

as Earl Williams

as Molly

as Kruger

as Sheriff Hartman

as Sheriff Hartman

as Schwartz

as Wilson

as Endicott

as Woodenshoe

as Diamond Louie

as Mrs. Grant

as The Mayor
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Critic Reviews for The Front Page

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

By far the highest honors in this go to Mr. Menjou, who gives as polished a performance of a gruff and unscrupulous editor as he used to give of a man about town.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
The Nation

Milestone's seminal newspaper drama launched a whole cycle of films and set the patterns for sagas about behind-the-scenes operations of tabloids.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Brilliantly cinematic version of the play pales next to the energy of His Girl Friday.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Front Page

½

Likely the worst of the adaptations of the Front Page. I happened to catch the 70s one and found it much more enjoyable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This screwball comedy from 1931 is about newspaperman on the night of a convicted murderer's hanging, and the events that unfold when the man escapes, and the one reporter who is trying to leave the business gets the scoop of finding him. He and his editor hide him in a roll-top desk and attempt to get the exclusive story before any of the other papers, and before the police find out. It is pretty good stuff, and holds up well, though I enjoyed the remake with Cary Grant even more. The last line of the film is fantastic and hilarious.

kenscheck
Kenny Scheck
½

By far the highest honors in this go to Mr. Menjou, who gives as polished a performance of a gruff and unscrupulous editor as he used to give of a man about town. in this pre-code early talkie

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