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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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 <col@imdb.com>

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

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 4,427,652 (Sweden)
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2.35 : 1
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A handful of characters who are merely mentioned in the play actually appear in the movie, such as Duffy, Officer Jacobi, and Dr. Eggelhofer. On the other hand, there are some characters from the original play who were left out of this movie, including Peggy's disapproving mother, court guard Woodenshoes Eichorn, and former criminal Diamond Louis. In addition, Plunkett's name in the play was Irving Pincus (his name was also changed in "His Girl Friday" , this time to Joe Pettibone), and reporter newcomer Rudy Kepler did not exist in the original play. See more »

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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 »

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'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: [walks into the press room to see the reporters drinking liquor] Ah, what's the idea, fellas? You know better than that. This is a government building!
Kruger: Uh, hi, sheriff.
Endicott: What'll ya have?
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: I got a good mind to have you all locked up!
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: The state's atterney wouldn't like it, because I bought that stuff from his brother.
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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Sung by unknown performer in gaol cell
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One of my top 10 films of all time.

A superb film with a brilliant script. Full of characters you can believe in. They all have superb characters, who act as you may well expect them to. Why some film critics rate it so low is strange to me - perhaps the film was too close to the mark? Wilder/Diamond did have the advantage of basing their film on an excellent stage play.


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