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The Front Page -- A newspaper reporter holds an escape hostage in order to get a good story and money.

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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (by) and
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Release Date:
4 April 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Entertaining Version of the Story See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adolphe Menjou ... Walter Burns

Pat O'Brien ... Hildy Johnson

Mary Brian ... Peggy Grant

Edward Everett Horton ... Bensinger

Walter Catlett ... Murphy (as Walter L. Catlett)

George E. Stone ... Earl Williams

Mae Clarke ... Molly

Slim Summerville ... Pincus
Matt Moore ... Kruger

Frank McHugh ... McCue
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 ... Woodenshoes
Maurice Black ... Diamond Louie
Effie Ellsler ... Mrs. Grant
Dorothea Wolbert ... Jenny
James Gordon ... The Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Jacobi (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Reporter (uncredited)

Francis Ford ... Carl - a Detective (uncredited)

Clark Gable ... Reporter with hat at table in the prison. (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sol Gorss ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herman J. Mankiewicz ... Bit (uncredited)

Lewis Milestone ... Bit (uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Professor Max J. Engelhoffer (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (by) and
Charles MacArthur (by)

Bartlett Cormack (adaptation)

Charles Lederer (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Lewis Milestone .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Glen MacWilliams (photography)
Tony Gaudio (uncredited)
Hal Mohr (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Duncan Mansfield (film editor) (as W. Duncan Mansfield)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Day (settings)
 
Production Management
Charles Stallings .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Grenzback .... sound engineer (as Frank Grenzbach)
 
Other crew
Jed Harris .... from the play produced by
Howard Hughes .... presenter
George Gerhard .... press representative (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Spain:T | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Cinematographer Hal Mohr replaced Tony Gaudio.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
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Title card:This story is laid in a mythical kingdom.
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By the Light of the Silvery MoonSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining Version of the Story, 6 December 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

If it weren't for the even better Howard Hawks remake, "The Front Page" would probably be much more well-remembered today. It's entertaining in its own right, with a slightly different feel from the remake, and it is better than most movies of its own era in at least a couple of important respects. While you can still tell at times that it is from the very early sound era, it does use sound and dialogue more smoothly and constructively (that is, rather than as a mere novelty) than do most early 30's movies.

Adolphe Menjou has the role of Walter Burns, and he is a good fit, giving the character just a slightly different turn from the way that Cary Grant would later play it. The role of Hildy Johnson is somewhat bland in this one - it was the genius of Hawks in changing this role into a more worthy foil for Burns that made "His Girl Friday" so outstanding - but in compensation, some of the other reporters get more to do here. The supporting cast has a number of good character actors, especially Edward Everett Horton as the fussy Bensinger, and it's good that they were given some worthwhile moments of their own. Certainly the great remake deserves its own reputation, but this version deserves to be remembered as well.

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