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The Front Page (1974)

A ruthless editor tries to get his top reporter to cover one more crime story before retirement.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Ben Hecht (play), Charles MacArthur (play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Hildy Johnson
Walter Matthau ... Walter Burns
Susan Sarandon ... Peggy Grant
Vincent Gardenia ... Sheriff
David Wayne ... Bensinger
Allen Garfield ... Kruger
Austin Pendleton ... Earl Williams
Charles Durning ... Murphy
Herb Edelman ... Schwartz (as Herbert Edelman)
Martin Gabel ... Dr. Eggelhofer
Harold Gould ... The Mayor
Cliff Osmond ... Jacobi
Dick O'Neill ... McHugh
Jon Korkes ... Rudy Keppler
Lou Frizzell ... Endicott
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Storyline

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 bated breath. Meanwhile, each of the city's 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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Taglines:

They'd do anything for a story...and do. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Final theatrical film of Noam Pitlik. See more »

Goofs

Hildy reminds Jenny, the cleaning woman, that he got her husband on The Amateur Hour. Major Bowes' Amateur Hour premiered as a local show in New York in 1934, and on the NBC Network in 1935, six years after this movie was set. See more »

Quotes

'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: Sorry to break in, Sheriff, but we've located Williams. This time, for real.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: Where?
Officer Jacobi: On North Wabash, at the offices of the Friends of American Liberty. One of our patrols spotted him in the alley.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: All right. Get every available man. Seal off the whole area. But remember, God damn it, I want him taken alive!
Officer Jacobi: Check.
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Soundtracks

Swing Low Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
Sung by unknown performer in gaol cell
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User Reviews

 
May the wind at your back never be your own.
31 May 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Front Page See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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