The Front Page
The Front Page (1931)

This film stars Adolphe Menjou as 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 tabloid, but he agrees to cover one… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 4, 1931
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker

Is this the stuff of comedy? It is in the hands of Hecht and MacArthur, former newspapermen with plenty to say about the cutthroat tactics of journalists.

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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.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
Lewis Milestone straight off his success with All Quiet on the Western Front turned his attention to this comic gem of the stage. Milestone and his crew have… More
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.