The Front Page: A Play in Three Acts

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Samuel French, Inc., 1955 - Drama - 143 pages
2 Reviews
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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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

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
58
Section 3
107
Section 4
142
Section 5
145
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Ben Hecht (1894-1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood," he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some 70 films and as a prolific storyteller, authored 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America.

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