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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
Cinematography Glen MacWilliams
Distributed by United Artists
Running time 101 min.
Country  United States
Language English

The Front Page is an Academy Award-nominated 1931 American comedy film, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien. Based on a Broadway play of the same name, the film was produced by Howard Hughes, written by Bartlett Cormack and Charles Lederer, and distributed by United Artists. The supporting cast includes Mary Brian, George E. Stone, Matt Moore, and Edward Everett Horton.



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.


The film has been re-envisioned several times. It was adapted into a one-hour episode of CBS radio's Academy Award Theater with O'Brien and Menjou, the June 28, 1937 episode of Lux Radio Theater with Walter Winchell and James Gleason and the May 9, 1948 episode of the Ford Theatre starring Ed Begley and Everett Sloane. [1 ]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.

See also


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs, 1924-1984:A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9.  

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