Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent ... See full summary »
Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
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
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The stage version of The Front Page, on which this film is based, opened at the Times Square Theater on August 14, 1929 and ran for 276 performances. See more »
The girls at the mayor's favorite cat house know him as The Green Hornet, after the radio superhero. The Green Hornet did not air until 1936, and The Front Page is set in the year 1929. See more »
I never said that I loved Earl Williams and was willing to marry him on the gallows. You made that up!
Oh, come on. You've been sucking around that cuckoo ever since he's been in the death house.
Everybody knows you're his soul-mate.
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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Billy Wilder's remake of the Ben Hecht play is a little better than the 1931 original, but not as good as the 1940 Cary Grant version (The Front Page).
Still, Jack Lemmon (won an Oscar the year before for Save the Tiger) and Walter Matthau (The Fortune Cookie, Kotch) give excellent performances, and Vincent Gardenia (Oscar nominated the year before for Bang the Drum Slowly ) and Susan Sarandon (a relatively new actress) support them to the extent that this is still a superior film.
Funny, funny film about politics and newspapers and some the the early seventies best actors. Catch this one and also see The Front Page.
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