The Front page

   A brash, fast-paced cynical, no-holds-barred comedy-melodrama on the excesses of yellow journalism in 1920s Chicago, The Front Page, co-authored by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur,* remains one of the most frequently revived plays of that era. The Front Page, starring Osgood Perkins, Lee Tracy, and Dorothy Stickney, was produced by Jed Harris and directed by George S. Kaufman. It premiered at New York's Times Square Theatre and ran for 276 performances following its 14 August 1928 opening.
   The main storyline follows star reporter Hildy Johnson in his attempt to quit the beat and marry a well-to-do small-town girl. His editor, Walter Burns, organizes a series of subterfuges to prevent the loss of his best reporter. Burns is aided in this by the escape of Earl Williams, a death-row inmate and alleged "Bolshevik," on the eve of his execution. Williams turns up in the press room of the Criminal Courts Building, leading Burns and Johnson to hide him, while contending with rival reporters, con men, and corrupt city officials. The Front Page spawned three major Broadway revivals (1946, 1969, and 1986), several motion picture versions (1931, 1940, 1974), television* productions (including a 1949 series), and stage adaptations including a 2003 London version by John Guare* called His Girl Friday, borrowing its title from the classic 1940 screen adaptation directed by Howard Hawks in which Hildy Johnson is a woman.

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  • The Front Page —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différentes œuvres portant le même titre. The Front Page est une pièce de Ben Hecht et Charles MacArthur, qui a donné son titre à plusieurs films parmi lesquels : The Front Page de Lewis Milestone …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Front Page — ist: der Titel einer insgesamt viermal verfilmten Komödie von Ben Hecht (1928) der Titel einer auf Hechts Stück basierenden US amerikanische Filmkomödie von Lewis Milestone (1931), siehe The Front Page (Film) der Originaltitel eines auf Hechts… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Front Page — This article refers to the stage play. For other adaptations, see The Front Page (disambiguation) The Front Page was a hit Broadway comedy, written by one time Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and first produced in… …   Wikipedia

  • The Front Page (desambiguación) — The Front Page puede referirse a: The Front Page, obra de teatro de Ben Hecht y Charles MacArthur, en la que se basan distintas adaptaciones cinematográficas, tales como: The Front Page o Un gran reportaje (1931), película de Lewis Milestone; The …   Wikipedia Español

  • The Front Page (film) — may refer to one of two filmed adaptations of the Broadway comedy The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur:* The Front Page (1931 film), starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O Brien * The Front Page (1974 film), directed by Billy Wilder,… …   Wikipedia

  • The Front Page (film, 1931) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir The Front Page. The Front Page est un film américain réalisé par Lewis Milestone, sorti en 1931. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Front Page (disambiguation) — The Front Page is a popular stage play. It has spawned several film adaptations:* The Front Page (1931 film), starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O Brien * The Front Page (1974 film), directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter… …   Wikipedia

  • The Front Page (1931 film) — ] The story was adapted for Howard Hawks s 1940 comedy His Girl Friday . A well known 1974 version of The Front Page starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.References …   Wikipedia

  • The Front Page (Film) — Filmdaten Originaltitel The Front Page Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Front Page (1974 film) — Infobox Film name = The Front Page caption = The theatrical poster. director = Billy Wilder producer = Paul Monash writer = Ben Hecht Charles MacArthur Billy Wilder I. A. L. Diamond narrator = starring = Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau music =… …   Wikipedia

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