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The Front Page

6.8
210
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Original title
The Front Page
Year
Running time
101 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Bartlett Cormack (Play: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur)
Cinematography
Glen MacWilliams (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
The Caddo Company
Genre
Comedy | Journalism
Synopsis / Plot
Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent stories as much as write them. All are waiting to cover the hanging of Earl Williams. When Williams escapes from the inept Sheriff, Hildy seizes the opportunity by using his $260 honeymoon money to payoff an insider and get the scoop on the escape. However, Walter Burns, the Post's editor, is slow to repay Hildy back, hoping that he will stay on the story. Getting a major scoop looks possible when Hildy stumbles onto the bewildered escapee and hides him in a roll-top desk in the press room. Burns shows up to help. Can they keep Williams' whereabouts secret long enough to get the scoop, especially with the Sheriff and other reporters hovering around?
Awards
1930: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Movie, Director, Actor (Adolphe Menjou)
1931: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 films
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