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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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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  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,427,652 (Sweden)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Walter Burns visits a Balaban-Katz theater while it is showing a Universal Newsreel. Universal distributed this film but the Balaban-Katz chain was controlled by Paramount and would have shown the Paramount Newsreel. In addition, at the time this film was set, Universal distributed Hearst's International Newsreel. The Universal Newsreel was first seen in August, 1929. See more »


Roy Bensinger of the Tribune: [picks up his phone] This is Bensinger. Give me a rewrite man. Oh, Marty, is that you?
[reads from notes]
Roy Bensinger of the Tribune: "New lead on the Earl Williams Hanging"... Yes, the execution is still set for seven o'clock in the morning. "The authorities are prepared for a general uprising of radicals at that time".
Murphy: [picks up his phone while playing poker] Murphy here. Get me rewrite.
Roy Bensinger of the Tribune: "Extra guards have just been thrown around the jail, the municipal building, railroad terminals, elevated stations".
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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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