The Front Page

1931

Action / Comedy

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 1774

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Clark Gable as Reporter with hat at table in the prison.
Adolphe Menjou as Walter Burns
Mae Clarke as Molly
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by evanston_dad 7 / 10

Early Talky Lampooning Journalists

In 2017, "The Post" celebrates the press and makes a case for the supreme importance of it remaining free and independent. In 1931, "The Front Page" drags it through the mud.

This early talking picture does an impressive job of overcoming the limitations that sound and the technology that came with it placed upon filmmakers at the time. Most early talkies don't have a clue how to move and speak at the same time, so the films mostly just sit there, the camera rooted to the spot as if afraid that it might pan slightly away from the frame and never come back. "The Front Page," on the other hand, never stops moving, thanks to the direction of Lewis Milestone, one of the first directors who knew what to do with sound. It's a fast-paced, snappy little film that pokes fun at journalists and what they're willing to do, and who they're willing to screw over, for a big scoop.

The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director in the Academy's fourth year of existence. Milestone became the first director to rack up three nominations (he'd already won twice before, also the first individual to win multiple Academy Awards). Oddly enough, Adolphe Menjou was nominated for Best Actor, despite the fact that he doesn't really show up to stay until the movie has only 20 or so minutes to go. If anyone should have been nominated for Best Actor, it's Pat O'Brien, around whom the whole film revolves. But these were the days before supporting categories existed, so if the Academy wanted to nominate someone like Menjou, they didn't have anywhere else to put him.

Grade: A-

Reviewed by Ian 2 / 10

Not as good as the remake

(Flash Review)

His Girl Friday (1940) is the one to see as Cary Grant really helps! Same plot and similar script. Both films have lightning fast dialog, which works great in His Girl Friday. Both films have an escaped convict hiding in a newspaper journalist's office area. Only a couple people know he is there and hide him so they can get the scoop and the money for the story. His Girl Friday has a subplot of a husband a wife managing their rocky relationship which is done cleverly. The Front Page doesn't match up and the dialog, for me, was harder to catch the lingo, didn't have the panache of Grant and feels more confusing and harder to follow. I actually turned it off! So don't see it. I only saw it to see what His Girl Friday was based off of. Do see His Girl Friday!!

Reviewed by marym52 10 / 10

The Uncensored Version

I saw the 1970s version first, and while I enjoyed it, I now realize how prettied-up it was. As for "His Girl Friday" I can see its merits, but you can't consider it just "The Front Page" with a change of sex for Hildy Johnson. The tone is completely different-- and just as prettied-up.

The 1931 film must be close to what wowed 1920s audiences on the stage-- and, having seen it, I can't understand critics who call it a screwball comedy. Actually, it's a black hole of cynicism with a deadly view of human nature. Especially those humans called the press.

From the early scene in which Frank McHugh gleefully harasses a Peeping Tom victim, the film is drenched in misogyny. The reporters brutalize Mae Marsh's Molly; her fall out the window isn't a bravura gesture, but an accident as she's trying to escape a mob of reporters threatening her with assault. Hildy's mother-in-laws kidnapping and injury isn't so much played for yuks as repulsion.

However, the script and direction play fair with the female characters. Molly's rebuke of the reporters is heartfelt and true. She and Williams show the best of humanity among the characters. Mary Brian as Peggy Grant is an intelligent, fair minded women who is coming to the question, "How much am I willing to abase myself to keep the man I love?" As such, Hildy's tribute to her isn't mooncalf love-- it's sincere and true.Effie Ellsler as Mrs. Grant isn't a stereotypical gorgon mother-in-law. When she confronts Adolph Menjou as Walter Burns, she's justifiably angry-- and his attempts to gaslight her are pathetic.

I found the first version of "The Front Page" to be the best of the three-- more honest, more challenging, and not sanitized.

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