The Front Page (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1974 (USA)
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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Schwartz (as Herbert Edelman)
The Mayor
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Hildy Johnson is the top reporter on a Chicago newspaper during the 1920s. Tired of the whole game he's determined to quit his job to get married. His scheming editor, Walter Burns, has other plans though. It's the day before guilty (but insane) murderer, Earl Williams, is due to go to the gallows and Burns tempts Johnson to stay and write the story. Written by Col Needham <>

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It's the hottest story since the Chicago Fire... And they're sitting on it.


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Release Date:

17 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prima pagina  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,427,652 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Wilder felt that Chicago was the most exciting newspaper town in the country and as a result, this incarnation of "The Front Page" was the first to mention the city by name and use actual Chicago newspapers. See more »


Hildy reminds Jenny, the cleaning woman, that he got her husband on "The Amateur Hour." Major Bowes' Amateur Hour premiered as a local show in New York in 1934 and on the NBC Network in 1935, six years after this movie was set. See more »


Mollie Malloy: I never said that I loved Earl Williams and was willing to marry him on the gallows. You made that up!
Murphy: Oh, come on. You've been sucking around that cuckoo ever since he's been in the death house.
McHugh: Everybody knows you're his soul-mate.
Mollie Malloy: That's a lot of bunk! Like all that other stuff you been writing. Calling me an Angel of the Pavement and the Midnight Madonna. Who ya kiddin'? I'm a two-dollar whore from Division Street and you know it!
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a funny look into the newspaper business
15 March 1999 | by (jersey city n.j.) – See all my reviews

how can you not laugh when so many funny & talented people are connected with this film. Billy Wilder, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Vincent Gardenia, Susan Sarandon & Charles Durning. it doesn't get much better than that.

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