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
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 »
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
Sung by unknown performer in gaol cell See more »
May the wind at your back never be your own.
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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