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"A Picture That Has Cracked This Shock-Proof Town Wide Open!"
  • TV-PG
  • 1931
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 6.7  (3,319)
  • 76

The Front Page is a 1931 American pre-code comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, and Mary Brian. It is based on the play of the same name by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, which tells the story of a newspaper editor and his reporter covering the impending execution of a convicted murderer.

The film follows an editor named Walter Burns, played by Adolphe Menjou, who is trying to keep his star reporter Hildy Johnson, played by Pat O'Brien, from quitting and getting married. Hildy decides to cover one last story, the impending execution of Earl Williams, a convicted murderer. However, things become complicated when Williams escapes and Hildy becomes involved in the search for him. As the deadline for the paper approaches, Walter tries to manipulate Hildy into staying and covering the story, resulting in a series of funny and sometimes tense events that lead to a surprising conclusion.

The film is notable for its fast-paced dialogue, witty humor, and clever use of camera angles and lighting to create tension and drama. It also features strong performances by the main cast, particularly Menjou as the cunning and manipulative Walter Burns.

The Front Page was one of the first films to use sound technology, which was still relatively new at the time. Its innovative use of sound was praised by critics and audiences alike, and it became a box office success. The film was also nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Despite its age, The Front Page remains a classic of American cinema and is still considered one of the greatest comedy-dramas ever made. Its influence can be seen in countless films and TV shows that followed, as well as in the numerous adaptations of the original play.

Overall, The Front Page is a must-see for anyone interested in classic Hollywood cinema or the history of journalism. Its mix of comedy, drama, and suspense will keep viewers engaged from start to finish, and its talented cast and innovative use of sound make it a true cinematic masterpiece.

The Front Page is a 1931 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 76.

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    6.7  (3,319)
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