The Front Page

The Front Page

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett


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This third film version of the 1928 Ben Hecht/Charlie MacArthur Broadway hit The Front Page was the first one permitted to utilize all the salty profanities in the original play. Director Billy Wilder cast his two favorite leading men, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, as ace reporter Hildy Johnson and ruthless newspaper editor Walter Burns, respectively. The plot of the Hecht/MacArthur play remains intact: Burns pulls every underhanded game in the book to prevent Johnson from leaving his Chicago paper to get married, and in so doing the two journalists uncover a cesspool of political corruption, centered around the planned execution of anarchist Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton). Carol Burnett has an extended cameo as Williams' tart girlfriend, Mollie Malloy. The Front Page was remade for a fourth time in 1988 as Switching Channels.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
UPC: 0025192732928
Original Release: 1974
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 1,961

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Hildy Johnson
Walter Matthau Walter Burns
Carol Burnett Mollie Malloy
Susan Sarandon Peggy Grant
Vincent Gardenia Sheriff
David Wayne Bensinger
Barbara Peterson Davis Myrtle
Joshua Shelley Cab Driver
Allen Jenkins Telegrapher
John Furlong Duffy
Biff Elliot Police Dispatcher
Leonard Bremen Butch
Allen Garfield Kruger
Austin Pendleton Earl Williams
Charles Durning Murphy
Martin Gabel Dr. Eggelhofer
Harold Gould Mayor
Cliff Osmond Jacobi
Dick O'Neill McHugh
Jon Korkes Keppler
Lou Frizzell Endicott
Paul Benedict Plunkett
Doro Merande Jennie
Noam Pitlik Wilson
Herb Edelman Schwartz

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Buddy G. DeSylva Songwriter
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Ray Henderson Songwriter
Howard Kazanjian Asst. Director
Jennings Lang Producer
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Billy May Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Monash Producer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sentenced to Hang (Main Titles) [7:20]
2. No Hard Feelings [7:03]
3. On Probation [6:57]
4. Gentlemen of the Press [5:33]
5. Law & Order [7:54]
6. Prisoner Escape [7:00]
7. Suspect Statement [4:27]
8. An Exclusive [5:38]
9. Shoot to Kill [4:28]
10. I've Got Him! [3:57]
11. Breaking News! [9:04]
12. Leap of Love [6:35]
13. Give Me Everything You Got [8:12]
14. Aiding and Abetting [5:59]
15. Take Them Away [4:06]
16. All in a Night's Work [4:59]
17. Catch that Train [4:26]
18. End Titles [:51]

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The Front Page 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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A very good remake of "His Girl Friday" with more humour and a better plot.