The Front Page (April 4, 1931)

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The Front Page
 

Released April 4, 1931: A newspaper reporter wants to get married and quit his newspaper job, but a hot story and a conniving editor keep him on a crime story that keeps getting.

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), 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), Phil Tead (Wilson, newspaper reporter), Eugene Strong (Endicott), 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)

 

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Love, Crime and Newspaper Ink

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 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 telling, 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 that would not be permitted once the censors began ordering changes to scenes and dialogue. If you haven’t seen this before, it is about a newspaper reporter who got bit by the love bug and decides to quit his job to marry his sweetheart. When his editor discovers that his best reporter wants to quit and get married, he will do whatever it takes to keep him working on the newspaper. Fortunately a fellow is scheduled to be hung in the morning, and when the condemned man suddenly escapes and the cops search the city for the escaped killer. As Hildy is ready to leave for his wedding the condemned man crawls through the window and suddenly Hildy has the man that the whole city is searching for. This will be the biggest story a newspaper reporter ever had, and it has been dumped right in his lap. The wedding can wait . . . . His fiancé Peggy will walk angrily away . . . . But the biggest story of the year must be covered by the best reporter in the city . . . . Hildy Johnson! Will Hildy and his editor get the biggest story in the world without the other newspaper reporters discovering the condemned man? Will Hildy ever get reunited with his girlfriend Peggy? If Peggy takes him back will he quit his newspaper job? Will the condemned man be caught? Will Hildy and his editor be arrested for aiding and abetting? You betcha! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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