The Front Page

1931

Comedy  

2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - certified fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.9

Synopsis


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Cast

Clark Gable as Reporter with hat at table in the prison.
Adolphe Menjou as Walter Burns
Mae Clarke as Molly
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719.69 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
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1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 13 / 66

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Marty 9 / 10

A great, fun time - needs a better DVD though

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Reviewed by jmoviegirl 9 / 10

Don't Miss This Movie!

If you see this movie first or My Girl Friday first, see one or the other or BOTH! This is what movies are all about! Great Acting. Great Action. Steady rhythm of dialog and a little romance doesn't hurt a bit. I especially enjoyed Frank McHugh (eh ha). These are some of the finest actors of the time. Adolph Menjou and Pat O'Brien were perfect partners in newspaper heaven. One of the early best sassy comedies with a bite to it. Be it that the visuals are not quality, the backbone makes you forget it was made in 1931. The beginning is unique with a newspaper flare! Sit back and enjoy this finely performed movie and it's earliest best!

Reviewed by RHammann42 9 / 10

Ignore Camera Obscura's criticism!

The remarks by Camera Obscura do an injustice to this film and reveal a true absence of aesthetics governing the writer's appreciation for camera technique, acting, directing and pace. While I am an enormous fan of the subsequent remake, "His Girl Friday," by Howard Hawks, Lewis Milestone's direction of the original is invigorating and sets a pace that Hawks had to match before he began to trump it with his own use of crackling overlapping dialog. Way ahead of its time, the camera explores the set, and Milestone and his editor know how to use editing to create pace. This is not merely a filmed play. It is faithful to the play and excellently exploits the camera's ability to go to closeups, long shots, etc. The acting, particularly by Adolphe Menjou, is as good as in any version. I am also distressed by the comments of Eye 3 who agrees with Obscura that the dialog is shouted in order to be picked up by the microphones! The actors are shouting because their characters are excited - the rapid fire dialog coupled with shouting is an element of farce and is beautifully done, and in the televised version I just watched on TCM, entirely understandable! I do wish someone would restore this early gem to a print with a cleaned up picture and sound, but given its age, it is a remarkable treasure of early sound cinema.

Reviewed by BigDaddy99 9 / 10

Great Acting, Noble Motives but Who's the Girl?

While the staging was limited, the acting was believable and the camera work was great for the technology available. After watching "Front Page" again after watching "Girl Friday", I was struck by the original's emphasis on the role of the newspaper in revealing political corruption. But, the question remains, who's the girl? Not the actress but the girl in the picture hanging on the wall in back of Adolph Menjou's head during the final scenes... Since the movie was released in 1931, it can't be Jane Russell. She's to busty to be Katherine Hepburn (Howard Hughes' friend). The only reason I noticed it was that she appears nude and Howard Hughes probably put it there to see if the 'censors' would notice.

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