Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
During the 1930s, Howard Hawks was hosting a dinner party when the topic of dialogue was brought up. He pulled out a copy of "The Front Page" to demonstrate the snappy exchanges between characters, taking the role of Burns. A female guest took the role of Hildy. While reading, Hawks realized the dialogue sounded much better with a woman reading, and quickly secured the rights for the film from Howard Hughes. Ben Hecht (the author of "The Front Page") approved the gender change and the screenplay was put into production.
That dumb immigrant will flop on me as sure as you're born!
When Walter jumps up from spilling the drink in his lap, a napkin appears in his hand in the second camera shot.
Opening credits are shown over a newspaper background.