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The Front Page (1974)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 23, 1998

Budget USD 4,000,000

MPAA Rating

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio Universal

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• The Front Page
• Extrablatt (1975)

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Genre: Comedy, Slapstick, Farce, Buddies, Satire, Racy, Marriage

Tagline: It's the hottest story since the Chicago Fire... And they're sitting on it.

Plot: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau again team with Wilder in the third film version of the Hecht-MacArthur classic comedy. The familiar story finds hard-nosed editor Walter Burns (Matthau) trying every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter Hildy Johnson from leaving the newspaper business to get married. When Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton) an anarchist facing execution, breaks out of prison, Walter has found the perfect hook to keep Johnson in Chicago for a little longer. The escaped convict suddenly pops up in the press room and Hildy hides him in a rolltop desk until he's able to get a location for an exclusive interview. Despite the pleas of Molly Malloy (Carol Burnett), a prostitute in love with Williams, the newsmen refuse to let him go. As Hildy begins looking into the activities of the Sheriff (Vince Gardenia) and the Mayor (Harold Gould), it seems like they've decided to execute the wrong man. Matthau, Lemmon and Martin Gabel as a lunatic psychiatrist give wonderful performances.

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 Directed by
Billy Wilder
Some Like It Hot, Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity
 Written by
Ben Hecht
Notorious, His Girl Friday, Kiss of Death
Charles MacArthur
His Girl Friday, Wuthering Heights, Switching Channels
Jack Lemmon
Some Like It Hot, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Apartment
Walter Matthau
Charade, Grumpy Old Men, I.Q.
Susan Sarandon
Thelma & Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dead Man Walking
Austin Pendleton
A Beautiful Mind, Finding Nemo, My Cousin Vinny
Vincent Gardenia
Little Shop of Horrors, The Hustler, Moonstruck
David Wayne
The Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib, How to Marry a Millionaire
Allen Garfield
The Ninth Gate, Beverly Hills Cop II, Dick Tracy
 Music By
Billy May
For the Boys, Tony Rome, Sergeants 3

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