The Front Page

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The ruthless managing editor of a Chicago newspaper angrily learns his ace reporter plans to leave the paper to get married. While he trains a replacement, all hell breaks loose and a convicted killer escapes from right under the nose of a bumbling sheriff.


Jack Lemmon
as Hildy Johnson
Walter Matthau
as Walter Burns
Carol Burnett
as Mollie Malloy
Susan Sarandon
as Peggy Grant
David Wayne
as Bensinger
Austin Pendleton
as Earl Williams
Herb Edelman
as Schwartz
Martin Gabel
as Dr. Eggelhofer
Harold Gould
as The Mayor
Jon Korkes
as Rudy Keppler
Lou Frizzell
as Endicott
Paul Benedict
as Plunkett
Joshua Shelley
as Cab Driver
Allen Jenkins
as Telegrapher
Biff Elliot
as Police Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for The Front Page

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

  • It relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Even though the mechanics and demands of movie-making slow what should be the furious tempo, this Front Page displays a giddy bitterness that is rare in any films except those of Mr. Wilder. It is also, much of the time, extremely funny.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This third version of the 1928 smash play is only mildly entertaining; Billy Wilder has no new take on the text and his stars may be too old.

    Feb 22, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Full of wonderful comedic business, throw-away lines and some effortless ensemble set pieces, The Front Page bristles with its collection of talents on both sides of the camera.... It's that Billy Wilder touch of hurtful grains of truth inside every com

    Oct 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This slick remake of the ebullient original falls short of being the film it could have been, despite the presence of master filmmaker Wilder and his engaging costars.

    Aug 14, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Too much of it seemed stretched thin and unfunny.

    Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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