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Front Page Woman (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 20 July 1935 (USA)
A woman reporter tries to prove she's just as good as any man, but runs into trouble along the way.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Ellen Garfield
George Brent ... Curt Devlin
Roscoe Karns ... Toots O'Grady
Wini Shaw ... Inez Cardoza (as Winifred Shaw)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Judge Rickard
J. Carrol Naish ... Robert Cardoza (as J. Carroll Naish)
Gordon Westcott ... Maitland Coulter
Dorothy Dare ... Mae LaRue
June Martel ... Olive Wilson
Joseph Crehan ... Spike Kiley
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Hallohan
Addison Richards ... District Attorney
Joe King ... Hartnett (as Joseph King)
Selmer Jackson ... Joe Davis (as Selmar Jackson)
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Fuji (as Mike Morita)
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Storyline

SPOILER: Reporter Curt Devlin loves sob sister Ellen Garfield but believes women are "bum newspapermen". When she learns the identity of a murdered arsonist, he calls it luck. When she goes after the murderer he gets enough evidence to have Maitland Coulter arrested. She finds a bunch of "not guilty" ballots and publishes the wrong story; he eavesdrops on the jury and gets the correct verdict. After being fired she gets a confession from the real killer and gets Coulter released. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of five Bette Davis films released in 1935. See more »

Goofs

At the prison, the motorcycle cops find Toots in Devlin's car, which has been turned completely around to face the gates - and Toots says he doesn't have the keys. See more »

Quotes

Curt Devlin: Looks toward Nell Bonnett and says, "She makes me feel effeminate."
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Connections

References Blessed Event (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

"A Good Old Fashioned Cocktail (With a Good Old Fashioned Gal) (1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the nightclub
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Sassy Newspaper Comedy on TCM
17 November 2003 | by jaymsSee all my reviews

Rival reporters Garfield and Devlin are also a couple who delight in scooping each other often to the detriment of their respective papers. Brent and Davis are charming together and have an easy rapport. Curtiz's workmanlike direction and the rapid fire dialogue still hold up well, helped by the story's hesitation to endorse traditional male/female roles. If this proto-screwball comedy has a flaw it's that Garfield never seems a savvy enough rival for Devlin despite topping him to keep their endless competition going. Reminiscent of `The Front Page' and `His Girl Friday.' Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women Are Born Newspapermen See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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