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The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | | Comedy | 4 April 1931 (USA)
An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

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Murphy (as Walter L. Catlett)
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Molly
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Pincus
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Kruger
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Clarence Wilson ...
Sheriff Hartman (as Clarence H. Wilson)
Fred Howard ...
Schwartz (as Freddie Howard)
Phil Tead ...
Wilson
Eugene Strong ...
Endicott (as Gene Strong)
Spencer Charters ...
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Storyline

Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent stories as much as write them. All are waiting to cover the hanging of Earl Williams. When Williams escapes from the inept Sheriff, Hildy seizes the opportunity by using his $260 honeymoon money to payoff an insider and get the scoop on the escape. However, Walter Burns, the Post's editor, is slow to repay Hildy back, hoping that he will stay on the story. Getting a major scoop looks possible when Hildy stumbles onto the bewildered escapee and hides him in a roll-top desk in the press room. Burns shows up to help. Can they keep Williams' whereabouts secret long enough to get the scoop, especially with the Sheriff and other reporters hovering around? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Osgood Perkins created the role of Walter Burns on the Broadway stage. His son Tony Perkins would later star in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho." See more »

Goofs

At approximately 69 minutes, Hildy types furiously at a typewriter, however, with his right hand he only uses his index finger and pushes the same key over and over again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title card: This story is laid in a mythical kingdom.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits consist of Walter and Hildy above a big 'THE END,' covering a large question mark, while the sound of the train is heard and music plays. There is also laughter, presumably coming from Walter Burns. See more »

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Soundtracks

By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Played on banjo early in the film
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Don't Miss This Movie!
15 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you see this movie first or My Girl Friday first, see one or the other or BOTH! This is what movies are all about! Great Acting. Great Action. Steady rhythm of dialog and a little romance doesn't hurt a bit. I especially enjoyed Frank McHugh (eh ha). These are some of the finest actors of the time. Adolph Menjou and Pat O'Brien were perfect partners in newspaper heaven. One of the early best sassy comedies with a bite to it. Be it that the visuals are not quality, the backbone makes you forget it was made in 1931. The beginning is unique with a newspaper flare! Sit back and enjoy this finely performed movie and it's earliest best!


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