The Front Page
The Front Page (1931)

This first of four film versions of the Ben Hecht/Charlrd MacArthur Broadway hit stars Adolphe Menjou as explosive Chicago newspaper-editor Walter Burns and Pat O'Brien as his star reporter Hildy Johnson. Hildy is on the verge of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Alexander Bakshy
The Nation

By far the highest honors in this go to Mr. Menjou, who gives as polished a performance of a gruff and unscrupulous editor as he used to give of a man about town.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Has its share of funny lines and characters, but it's not nearly as funny as the most famous remake, 1940's His Girl Friday.

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Emanuel Levy

Milestone's seminal newspaper drama launched a whole cycle of films and set the patterns for sagas about behind-the-scenes operations of tabloids.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliantly cinematic version of the play pales next to the energy of His Girl Friday.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Likely the worst of the adaptations of the Front Page. I happened to catch the 70s one and found it much more enjoyable.