The Front Page (USA)
(100 min; 1931; b/w; English)
Director: Lewis Milestones
With Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Recipient of NBR Award for Top Ten Films, National Board of Film Review, USA 1931; and National Film Registry, National Film Preservation Board, USA 2010. This American screwball comedy is still widely regarded as one of Hollywood's most accomplished farces.
The film centres on star newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson who is quitting his job in Chicago to move to New York City with his fiancée Peggy, despite the insistent protests of his editor, Walter Burns. When Hildy shows up at the city courthouse after his last day of work, however, he becomes caught up in the hubbub surrounding the escape of a convicted murderer who is scheduled for execution that night.