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The Front Page (1931 film)

The Front Page
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Lewis Milestone
Howard Hughes
Written by Bartlett Cormack
Charles Lederer
Starring Adolphe Menjou
Pat O'Brien
Mary Brian
Edward Everett Horton
Cinematography Glen MacWilliams
Edited by W. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • April 4, 1931 (1931-04-04)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Front Page is a 1931 American Matt Moore, and Edward Everett Horton. At the 4th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Picture, Milestone for Best Director, and Menjou for Best Actor.

In 2010, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[1]


The film, considered a screwball comedy, centers on an investigative reporter (Pat O'Brien) and his editor (Adolphe Menjou), who hope to cash in on a big story involving an escaped accused murderer (Stone) and hide him in a rolltop desk while everybody else tries to find him.

Cast (in credits order)


The film has been remade or adapted on several occasions. CBS radio turned it into a one-hour episode of Academy Award Theater with O'Brien and Menjou, the 28 June 1937 episode of Lux Radio Theater with Walter Winchell and James Gleason and the 9 May 1948 episode of the Ford Theatre starring Ed Begley and Everett Sloane.[2] The story was adapted for Howard Hawks's comedy His Girl Friday (1940), a 1974 remake of The Front Page starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and another version was made as Switching Channels (1988) with Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve.

See also


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (December 28, 2010). Empire Strikes Back,' 'Airplane!' Among 25 Movies Named to National Film Registry"'".  
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.  

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