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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
Charles MacArthur (by) ...
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
User Reviews:
Very good See more (23 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:
The journalists are all based on actual reporters who were Chicago colleagues of authors Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with most working alongside them at the courthouse. The real names were only slightly changed: Hildy Johnson was based on the real-life reporter Hildebrand Johnson, Walter Burns was based on the editor Walter Howey, and Mac McCue was based on reporter Buddy McHugh.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:
[first lines]
Title card:This story is laid in a mythical kingdom.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Undercover Blues (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
By the Light of the Silvery MoonSee more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Very good, 23 July 2007
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Newspaperman Hildy Johnson (Pat O'Brien) is quitting the business and getting married to Peggy (Mary Brian). But his unscrupulous boss Walter Burns(Adolphe Menjou) doesn't want him to quit. Also an innocent man is about to be hanged and Burns will do anything to make sure Johnson works on that story.

Fast and funny--the first cinematic version of this story. It shows its age at times and some of it is wildly overacted but O'Brien and Menjou are both just great in their roles. Also director Lewis Milestone uses some very unusual camera tricks to keep the story moving and there's lots of action and running around which is unusual for an early talkie.

This was remade in 1940 with a sex change making Johnson a woman. That was "His Girl Friday" with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant. That one is better than this but this is better than the 1974 version (that had Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) and 1988 remake called "Switching Channels" (with Kathleen Turner and Burt Reynolds). They're all good to varying degrees but this one came first. Worth seeing.

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