The Front Page (1931 film)
|The Front Page|
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Produced by||Lewis Milestone
|Written by||Bartlett Cormack
Edward Everett Horton
|Edited by||W. Duncan Mansfield|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The Front Page is a 1931 American Pre-Code comedy film, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien. Based on a Broadway play of the same name, the film was produced by Howard Hughes, written by Bartlett Cormack and Charles Lederer, and distributed by United Artists. The supporting cast includes Mary Brian, George E. Stone, Matt Moore, and Edward Everett Horton. At the 4th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Picture, Milestone for Best Director, and Menjou for Best Actor.
The film, considered a screwball comedy, centers on a reporter, Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson (Pat O'Brien) and his editor (Adolphe Menjou), who hope to cash in on a big story involving an escaped accused murderer, Earl Williams (Stone) and hide him in a rolltop desk while everybody else tries to find him.
Cast (in credits order)
- Adolphe Menjou - Walter Burns
- Pat O'Brien - Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson
- Mary Brian - Peggy Grant
- Edward Everett Horton - Roy V. Bensinger
- Walter Catlett - Jimmy Murphy
- George E. Stone - Earl Williams
- Mae Clarke - Molly Malloy
- Slim Summerville - Irving Pincus
- Matt Moore - Ernie Kruger
- Frank McHugh - 'Mac' McCue
- Clarence Wilson - Sheriff Peter B. 'Pinky' Hartman
- Fred Howard - Schwartz
- Phil Tead - Wilson
- Eugene Strong - Endicott
- Spencer Charters - Woodenshoes
- Maurice Black - Diamond Louie
- Effie Ellsler - Mrs Grant
- Dorothea Wolbert - Jenny
- James Gordon - Fred, The Mayor
The film has been remade or adapted on several occasions. CBS radio turned it into a one-hour episode of Academy Award Theater with O'Brien and Menjou, June 28, 1937 episode of Lux Radio Theater with Walter Winchell and James Gleason and May 9, 1948 episode of the Ford Theatre starring Ed Begley and Everett Sloane. The story was adapted for Howard Hawks's comedy His Girl Friday (1940), a 1974 remake of The Front Page starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and another version was made as Switching Channels (1988) with Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve.
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- The Front Page at the Internet Movie Database
- The Front Page is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Front Page at the TCM Movie Database
- The Front Page at AllMovie