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Front Page Woman (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 July 1935 (USA)
A woman reporter tries to prove she's just as good as any man, but runs into trouble along the way.

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Curt Devlin
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Joe Davis (as Selmar Jackson)
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Fuji - Stone's Servant (as Mike Morita)
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Reporter Curt Devlin loves sob sister Ellen Garfield but believes women are "bum newspapermen". When she learns the identity of a murdered arsonist, he calls it luck. When she goes after the murderer he gets enough evidence to have Maitland Coulter arrested. She finds a bunch of "not guilty" ballots and publishes the wrong story; he eavesdrops on the jury and gets the correct verdict. After being fired she gets a confession from the real killer and gets Coulter released. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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One of five Bette Davis films released in 1935. See more »

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Ellen Garfield: You make me so mad I could... well, I could spit!
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Remade as Blondes at Work (1938) See more »

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To Scoop Or Not To Scoop
26 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Bette Davis doing a role that Glenda Farrell or Joan Blondell was used to doing and George Brent standing in for James Cagney or Pat O'Brien, Front Page Woman is about a sob sister columnist wanting to prove she's as good at investigative reporting as the man she loves. Brent's a good guy all right, but he certainly believes that woman's place is in the home or writing a woman's column about same.

The chance comes when both are sent by their rival papers to cover a fire. The fire it turns out was only a ruse to cover the stabbing of a bigshot played by Huntley Gordon. As the investigation, arrest, and trial proceed, Davis and Brent go on scooping spree to show the other up who is the better reporter.

That kind of fun can certainly put a strain on a relationship and the two of them, Brent more so, play fast and loose with the criminal justice system to get that scoop over the other. In the end the crime revolves around a love triangle with Gordon, mystery lady Wini Shaw, and polo player Gordon Westcott.

Contrary to rumor Bette Davis could play comedy though it was not her strong suit. Her material is slight, but she does her best to rise above a role she's miscast in. Her devoted fans will certainly not turn away from Front Page Woman.


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