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The Front Page (1931) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Lewis Milestone and Howard Hughes.

The Front Page was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2010.

Academy Awards 1930/31 --- Ceremony Number 4 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorAdolphe MenjouNominated
Best DirectorLewis MilestoneNominated
Best PictureThe Caddo CompanyNominated
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THE FRONT PAGE (1931) On Blu-ray

By Dan Day Jr. on Sep 7, 2015 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

In this age of film remakes, reboots, and reworkings, it's worth pointing out that some remakes are better known than the original. HIS GIRL FRIDAY is universally considered one of the best comedies made during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and a career highlight for both star Cary Grant and director... Read full article


The Front Page (1931)

By Angela on Nov 21, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

Just before Earl Williams (George E. Stone) is to be executed, the big question on many newspaper reporters minds is where isn’t about the execution, but where Hildy Johnson (Pat O’Brien) is.? Hildy is one of the top reporters in Chicago and with the execution being such a big story, it&... Read full article


A Tale of Two Johnsons: "The Front Page" and "His Girl Friday"

By David on Sep 21, 2013 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

This post is part of the Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon, co-sponsored by Comet Over Hollywood and Lindsay's Movie Musings. The difference between "The Front Page" and "His Girl Friday" is pre-code versus post-code, scene chewers versus scene stealers and, above all, Hildebrand Johnson versu... Read full article


The Front Page

By Alyson on Nov 27, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

In The Front Page, accused killer Earl Williams (George E. Stone) is about to be hanged, and all the newspaper reporters are hanging around next to the prison waiting for the story to drop. Those are horrible puns, but the film likes to use them. Anyway Hildebrand ?HIldy? Johnson (Pat O?Brien) has j... Read full article


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[Hildy tries to explain to his fiancee why he's still working for Walter Burns' newspaper when he promised to resign]
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: Listen, dear, something terrific has happened. I was going to tell but I couldn't!
Walter Burns: Tell her nothing. She's a woman, you fool!


Walter Burns: The son of a...
[Walter's elbow conveniently hits a typewriter keyboard]
Walter Burns: ...stole my watch!


Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: I'm all washed up.
Walter Burns: What's that?
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: I mean it this time, Walter.
Peggy Grant: Oh, Hildy, if I only thought you did!
Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson: If I'm not telling you the absolute truth, may I fall dead. I'm going to New York tonight with you, if you give me one last chance. I'm going to cut out drinking and swearing and everything connected with the crazy newspaper business! Honey, I'll never even read a newspaper.


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Facts about

The journalists are all based on actual reporters who were Chicago colleagues of authors Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with most working alongside them at the courthouse. The real names were only slightly changed: Hildy Johnson was based on the real-life reporter Hildebrand Johnson, Walter Burns was based on the editor Walter Howey, and Mac McCue was based on reporter Buddy McHugh.
Louis Wolheim was originally cast to play Walter Burns, but Adolphe Menjou got the part when Wolheim died suddenly.
The last line of the play had to be partly obliterated by the sound of a typewriter being accidentally struck because the censors (even of that day) wouldn't allow the phrase "son-of-a-bitch" to be used in a film.
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