The Front Page (April 4, 1931)

 
The Front Page
 

Released April 4, 1931: (running time 1 hour and 40 minutes) A newspaper reporter wants to get married and quit his newspaper job, but a hot story and a scheming editor keep him on a crime story that gets in the way of his marriage plans.

Produced by Howard Hughes and Lewis Milestone

Directed by Lewis Milestone

The Actors: Adolphe Menjou (Walter Burns, newspaper editor), Pat O'Brien (Hildy Johnson newspaper reporter), Mary Brian (Peggy Grant), Edward Everett Horton (Roy V. Bensinger, newspaper reporter), Walter Catlett (Jimmy Murphy, newspaper reporter), George E. Stone (Earl Williams, condemned man), Mae Clarke (Molly Malloy, prostitute), Slim Summerville (Irving Pincus, the Governor's messenger), Matt Moore (Ernie Kruger, newspaper reporter), Frank McHugh (Mac, newspaper reporter), Clarence Wilson (Sheriff Peter B. 'Pinky' Hartman), Fred Howard (Schwartz, newspaper reporter), Phil Tead (Wilson, newspaper reporter), Eugene Strong (Endicott, newspapwer reporter), Spencer Charters (Woodenshoes, policeman), Maurice Black (Diamond Louie), Effie Ellsler (Mrs. Grant), Dorothea Wolbert (Jenny, scrub lady), James Gordon (Fred the mayor), Richard Alexander (Jacobi), James Donlan (reporter), Francis Ford (Carl, detective), Sol Gorss (policeman), Herman J. Mankiewicz (unknown), Lewis Milestone (unknown), Gustav von Seyffertitz (Professor Max J. Engelhoffer), Dot Farley (madame), Max Hoffman Jr. (searcher at speakeasy door), George Magrill (policeman)

 

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The Condemned Man’s Last Night

Produced by Howard Hughes with an all-star cast, this movie was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Lewis Milestone) and Best Actor (Adolphe Menjou), during the fourth annual Academy Awards ceremonies. The story has been filmed several times after this original version, with the most famous one being filmed in 1940, starring Cary Grant as newspaper editor Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson, also now in public domain and available here:
His Girl Friday —»

In this original version, reporter Hildy Johnson is a man, played by Pat O’Brien, and editor Walter Burns is played by Academy Award Best Actor nominee Adolphe Menjou. This version is the only one filmed before the Hays Office started censoring stories, and you will notice some humor and language that would not be permitted once the censors began enforcing strict rules for language and morals.

Pat O’Brien, as newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson, has been staying for several days at his girlfriend’s apartment, hiding from his boss. He has decided to marry his girlfriend and quit the newspaper business, but when a condemned man ready to be hung escapes, Hildy is suddenly in the middle of the biggest crime story in the city.

Mae Clarke is Molly Malloy, a street walker who spent the night with the condemned man before he was arrested, and believes that he is innocent. Molly will convince the reporter to help the escaped convict when they all wind up together in the same room.

It looks like the newspaper reporter condemned to marriage may have his plans dashed by the fast-moving news story, and the man condemned to be hung may have his plans altered a bit also. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Mary Brian and Pat O'Brien
Mary Brian and Pat O'Brien
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou, Clarence Wilson
Adolphe Menjou, Clarence Wilson
Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian and Pat O'Brien
Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian and Pat O'Brien
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Clarence Wilson
Clarence Wilson
Clarence Wilson
Clarence Wilson
Dorothea Wolbert
Dorothea Wolbert
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Eugene Strong
Eugene Strong
Eugene Strong
Eugene Strong
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
Fred Howard
Fred Howard
Fred Howard
Fred Howard
James Gordon
James Gordon
Mae Clarke and George E. Stone
Mae Clarke and George E. Stone
Mae Clarke, George E. Stone
Mae Clarke, George E. Stone
Mary Brian
Mary Brian
Mary Brian, Effie Ellsler
Mary Brian, Effie Ellsler
Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Matt Moore
Matt Moore
Matt Moore and Pat O'Brien
Matt Moore and Pat O'Brien
Maurice Black
Maurice Black
Maurice Black, Adolphe Menjou
Maurice Black, Adolphe Menjou
Max Hoffman Jr.
Max Hoffman Jr.
Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou
Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou
Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou
Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou
Pat O'Brien, Clarence Wilson
Pat O'Brien, Clarence Wilson
Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Mary Brian, Pat O'Brien
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters, Walter Catlett
Spencer Charters, Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett
Walter Catlett