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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When Hildy Johnson, the top reporter of a Chicago newspaper announces that he is quitting to get married, his editor, Walter Burns desperately tries to change his mind. When denial, cursing, and luring don't work, Walter resorts to tricks. It's the day before a supposed communist is to be hanged, and all Chicago waits with baited breath. Meanwhile, each of the papers has a man on the story trying to get a scoop or angle for themselves. With a train to catch at midnight to join his fiancé, Hildy is at first not interested, but events and his own habits work against him as the day unfolds, and he can't help but get roped in, especially when the man to be executed escapes and then almost literally falls into his lap. Written by RCBP_Collection

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

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Cast member Austin Pendleton has said that Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Billy Wilder did not get along during filming, and said they would never work with each other again. However, seven years later, they worked together again on Buddy Buddy (1981). See more »

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When Hildy enters the press room to say goodbye to his fellow reporters, he greets them with a Edward G. Robinson imitation, saying "This is a raid, see." Edward G. Robinson would not become a famous enough to imitate as a "gangster" until Little Caesar came out two years later. See more »

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'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: [the sheriff is passing out tickets to the execution] Daily News. Examiner.
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: Here you are, Rudy. The new man.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: Oh, what happened? They finally fire you?
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: I'm retiring to my country estate outside Philadelphia.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: Well, in that case, I will have a drink!
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: No, you won't. Not my liquor!
Rudy Keppler of the Chicago Examiner: What should I do with the second ticket?
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: Sell it to a scalper, like the sheriff does.
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Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine
Lyrics by Irving Kahal, Willie Raskin
Music by Sammy Fain
Performed by Jack Lemmon, David Wayne, Allen Garfield, Charles Durning, Jon Korkes, Dick O'Neill and Herb Edelman
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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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