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The Front Page

Directed by Lewis Milestone
United States, 1931
  • English
  • No subtitles


Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent stories as much as write them. All are waiting to cover the hanging of Earl Williams…

Our take

If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hecht and McArthur’s fast-talking hit play was turned into the screwball classic His Girl Friday by Howard Hawks. But very fun and very funny is Lewis Milestone’s pre-Code adaptation—newly restored!—which keeps the gender roles of the play intact.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1931 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1931 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

2010 | Winner: National Film Registry

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