The Front Page: A Play in Three Acts
Comedy / Characters: 17 males, 5 females
Set Requirements: Interior
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoods are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway, but the cynical managing editor has him arrested before he leaves town for having stolen a watch he planted on Hildy.
"Gorgeously melodramatic. One of the funniest and most exciting of American plays." N.Y. Times.
"Fast, explosive, funny." ABC TV.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - otterpopmusic - LibraryThing
A thoroughly nasty piece of work; I say that with complete admiration. To steal and change a line from "The Sweet Smell of Success": "It's like a bratwurst laced with arsenic." Read full review
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Hit comedy about Chicago journalists, filmed in 1931 with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien, remade by Howard Hawks as the 1940 classic His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosiland Russell., remade again ... Read full review