Front Page Woman

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80%

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Reviews Counted: 5

26%
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User Ratings: 85

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26%
Average Rating: 3/5

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Movie Info

Ellen Garfield (Bette Davis) is a neophyte reporter with ambitions big enough to take on assignments usually reserved for men, including the execution of a woman convicted of murder (which causes her to faint). Curt Devlin (George Brent) is a newshawk for a rival paper who likes Ellen a lot, but not her career plans. The two keep crossing paths and tripping each other up, mostly by accident, with Curt's photographer pal Toots O'Grady (Roscoe Karns) keeping score. Curt would like to romance Ellen, but wants her to give up on being a reporter; and she won't give up until she proves she's as good a reporter as any man, including Curt. And when a routine fire that they're both covering turns into a case of disappearance and murder involving a well-known Broadway producer, they end up going head-to-head on both the manhunt for the presumed killer and the trial that follows.

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Cast

Bette Davis
as Ellen Garfield
George Brent
as Curt Devlin
Roscoe Karns
as Toots O'Grady
Winifred Shaw
as Inez Cordoza
Joseph Crehan
as Spike Kiley
Joe King
as Hartnett
Addison Richards
as District Attorney
Dorothy Dare
as Show Girl
June Martel
as Show Girl
Selmer Jackson
as Joe Davis
Gordon Westcott
as Maitland Colter
J. Carroll Naish
as Mr. Roberts
Walter Walker
as Judge Rickard
DeWitt Jennings
as Lieutenant
Huntley Gordon
as Marvin Q. Stone
George Guhl
as Motor Cop
James P. Burtis
as Motor Cop
Huntly Gordon
as Marvin Q. Stone
Edward Keane
as Reporter
Jack Norton
as Reporter
Selmar Jackson
as Joe Davis
Harry Seymour
as Reporter
Mary Foy
as Landlady
Dick Winslow
as Copy Boy
Leo White
as Taxi Driver
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as Taxi Driver
Jim Farley
as Bailiff
Torben Meyer
as Janitor
Grace Hayle
as Nell Bonnett
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Critic Reviews for Front Page Woman

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • Lacks authenticity and is so far fetched it'll hand newsscribes around the country a constant run of ripples. But it's light and has some funny lines and situations.

    Jun 20, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • If you will keep in mind that this portrayal of newspaper work is a wee bit on the whimsy side, then Front Page Woman can be recommended as a downright amusing photoplay.

    Mar 24, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Absurd at times, with the two papers at one point printing absolutely identical stories, but directed and acted with sparkle and speed.

    Mar 24, 2007 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As far-fetched a newspaper yarn as ever was concocted.

    Jun 20, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Shoots for entertainment rather than for any accuracy on being a newspaper reporter.

    Mar 23, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Front Page Woman

Routine programmer notable only for Bette's presence. She brittle and driven making what she can out of a thin character but with material like this it's easy to why she rebelled against Warners for better films.

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jay nixon

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