The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG   |    |  Comedy


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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

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  • Mae Clarke and George E. Stone in The Front Page (1931)
  • Pat O'Brien in The Front Page (1931)
  • Clarence Wilson in The Front Page (1931)
  • Pat O'Brien and Mary Brian in The Front Page (1931)
  • Edward Everett Horton and Mae Clarke in The Front Page (1931)
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25 January 2006 | ytbufflo-1
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| A+ A visionary masterpiece!!!
The camera-work on this underrated beauty is breathtaking - one of the panning shots in the newsroom precedes Woody Allen's restaurant pan shot in Hannah and Her Sisters by over half a century! It is so organic, yet so breezy and alive. Don't miss the clever panning action with the gun sequence, and the mirrored room with the man getting off the elevator, which is also a throw-away gem. The actors are some of the finest character and bit players ever assembled on screen and the lightning dialog and clever editing is really quite modern in its speed and ingenuity.

I too am a devoted fan of His Girl Friday, but these are two very different films. Front Page is a masterpiece of old school ensemble character acting, and without it to break new ground, I don't believe His Girl Friday would have had nearly the breakneck pacing and out of the bottle genius that it is rightfully remembered for. The Front Page should take an esteemed place in film history for being the fertile breeding ground of screwball comedy in general and many of its masterpieces, including His Girl Friday, in particular. A must see for 1930's film buffs and screwball comedy fanatics!

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