The Front Page

The Front Page

DVD - 2015
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An unscurpulous newspaper editor tries to convince his star reporter to do one last story about a condemned man awaiting execution while at the same time, he tries to prevent that same reporter from marrying.

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DUVIDL
Dec 10, 2016

FORGET BILLY WILDER`S ABOMINATION! THIS VERSION ("HELLO MAYOR.") AND THE GENDER REVERSE 'HIS GIRL FRIDAY' GOT IT RIGHT ON THE BUTTON. AND LIKE 'THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS', THE MOST INCREDIBLE PARTS ARE TRUE. THE EDITOR THE CHARACTER WALTER BURNS IS BASED ON (WALTER HOWE) REALLY DID HIDE A FELON (A SERIAL BURGLAR, NOT A MURDERER) IN A ROLL TOP DESK TO GET AN EXCLUSIVE, AND REALLY DID PARTIALLY OPEN IT AND EXCLAIMED "HOW YA DOIN'? GETTIN' PLENTY OF AIR?", HE REALLY DID HAVE CHARLES MCARTHUR ARRESTED IN THE NEXT TOWN THE ELOPEMENT TRAIN STOPPED AT - AS A SERIAL RAPIST SUSPECT- AND MADE 'WALTER BURNS' LOOK LIKE LITTLE BO PEEP. MOLLY MALONE'S DEATH SCENE IS BASED ON A GANGSTER'S MOLL WHO, WHEN TRAPPED IN THE PRESS ROOM BY COPS AND REPORTERS, SMIRKED "YOU WANNA KNOW WHERE HE IS?" THEN RAN TO THE OPEN WINDOW, JUMPED INTO IT, SNEERED "FOLLOW ME.", THEN THREW HERSELF TO HER DEATH. AND THERE REALLY WAS A PATHETICALLY MENTALLY ILL LITTLE 'EARL WILLIAMS' WHO WAS (SUCCESSFULLY) RAILROADED INTO THE HANGMAN'S NOOSE BECAUSE HE SHOT A BLACK COP DURING AN ELECTION YEAR WHEN THE BLACK VOTE WAS IMPORTANT. READ 'MAD HOUSE ON MADISON STREET', 'GAILY GAILY' BY BEN HECHT, AND ANYTHING WRITTEN BY BEN HECHT AND/OR CHARLES MACARTHUR FOR THE WHOLE INCREDIBLE INSANITY OF THE EARLY NEWSPAPER BUSINESS.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 07, 2015

Front Page (1931) is an important Pre-Code film (Pre-Code time frame was 1931-1934) because it was uncensored and therefore the producers were able to critique the governmental and journalistic corruption of the time. As you watch the film, you will note that the the prostitute and the alleged insane killer were the only characters that were ethically moral. The film contains a few jokes that would be prohibited from 1935 until the 1960’s as being offensive because of sexual innuendo.

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