The Front Page

Synopsis: When Hildy Johnson, the top reporter of a Chicago newspaper announces that he is quitting to get married, his editor, Walter Burns desperately tries to change his mind. When denial, cursing, and luring don't work, Walter resorts to tricks. It's the day before a supposed communist is to be hanged, and all Chicago waits with baited breath. Meanwhile, each of the papers has a man on the story trying to get a scoop or angle for themselves. With a train to catch at midnight to join his fiancé, Hildy is at first not interested, but events and his own habits work against him as the day unfolds, and he can't help but get roped in, especially when the man to be executed escapes and then almost literally falls into his lap.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

I've tried every speakeasy,

every gamblin' joint.

I've tried the Turkish bath.

No Hildy.


the Sanitation Department,

maybe they've picked

him up in some gutter.

I guess I better

check the hospitals or the morgue.

Be just like that clown

to die on me on the eve of a hanging.

How about those headlines?

Which one do you like?

They all stink.

Trouble is, there's not much

you can do with a hanging.

Now, if we had the electric chair

in this state,

that's something

you can really sink your teeth into.

"Williams gets the hot seat!"

"Williams Fries."

"Williams Roasted Alive."

# Step right up

Shake my hand #

# My baby told me

that she loves me #

Mr. Johnson,

I'm so glad.

Mr. Burns has been

looking for you all over.

# Congratulate me,

step right up #

# Shake my hand #

Hi, Hildy.

Is it a holiday

or something?

Hey, look at him.

Prince of Wales.

# Congratulate me

I'm in love ##

Where the hell

have you been?

Well, let's see.

I had a haircut,

I got a manicure,

I did a little shoppin'.

Hi, Duffy.


What the hell are you

dressed up for?

You're not covering

a polo match,

you're covering a hanging.

That's what I wanted

to talk to you about.

Tomorrow you and I

are gonna stand this town on its ear.

Oh, yeah.

Every damn paper is gonna have

the same damn story on that execution.

But we're going

to scoop them all.

Because you know

what goes in there?

A picture of Williams

swinging by the neck.

A picture?

A photograph, the first time anywhere.

Exclusive in the Examiner.

What are you

talkin' about?

That's against the law.

You can't bring a camera in there.

Who's gonna know?

Here, I had this

specially rigged up.

You clip it to your ankle,

you run the tube up your pants leg.

Make a hole in your pocket.

The minute Williams drops

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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