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The Front Page (1974)

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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18 December 1974 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,300,000, 15 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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New Yorker Susan Sarandon was staying at the famed Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood during this shoot and was robbed by an intruder who took her gear while she slept. When she told co-star Walter Matthau about her scary ordeal he insisted on lending her some money to get her through the entire shoot. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer: Tell me, Mr. Williams, were you unhappy as a child?
Earl Williams: Not really. I had a perfectly normal childhood.
Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer: I see. You wanted to kill your father and sleep with you mother.
Earl Williams: [to Sheriff Hartman] If he's gonna talk dirty ...
Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer: When you were in grammar school, did you practice self-abuse?
Earl Williams: No, sir. I don't believe in it. I would never abuse myself or anybody else. I love people. I love all people.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: I suppose that cop committed suicide!
Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer: Let us get back to masturbation. Did your father ever catch you in the act?
Earl Williams:
Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer:
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Congratulate Me
Lyrics by Bob Rothberg
Music by Lou Handman
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2 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I also do not understand the critics on this one. It's fast-paced, magnificently cynical throughout, unabashedly edgy, and the one-liners come faster than zingers on your average sit-com. Plus it captures the world of urban newspapers better than other movies capture the world of almost anything they attempt.


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