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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 getting married and retiring from Burns' dirty little tabloid, but he agrees to cover one last story: the politically motivated execution of convicted cop killer Earl Williams (George E. Stone). Thanks to the stupidity of the police, Williams manages to escape, and Johnson hides the wounded fugitive in a rolltop desk in the prison pressroom. Burns enters the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Alexander Bakshy, The Nation
"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."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Milestone's seminal newspaper drama launched a whole cycle of films and set the patterns for sagas about behind-the-scenes operations of tabloids."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brilliantly cinematic version of the play pales next to the energy of His Girl Friday."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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