Front Page Woman

Synopsis: Reporter Curt Devlin loves sob sister Ellen Garfield but believes women are "bum newspapermen". When she learns the identity of a murdered arsonist, he calls it luck. When she goes after the murderer he gets enough evidence to have Maitland Coulter arrested. She finds a bunch of "not guilty" ballots and publishes the wrong story; he eavesdrops on the jury and gets the correct verdict. After being fired she gets a confession from the real killer and gets Coulter released.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Curt Devlin, Express.


Hi, Curt.

I thought I left you in that bird cage

at the office.

What's a reporter without his cameraman?

He's happy.

I can get a swell picture...

I can put it up my sleeve...

The last time you did that

you got a lovely close-up of your elbow.

Now go away and hide someplace

and play hermit, will you?

Aw, Curt, have a heart.

I haven't missed one of these

clam bakes in years.

Well, this is one you'll miss.

Okay, okay, I hope when the dame

sits down they blow a fuse.

That's all I hope.

Hey, you better have one. You look pale.

I'm all right.

What's that on your forehead, dew?

Aw, shut up.

What time is it?


Well, if this isn't a nice way

to make a living.

You don't think this Gaye dame

will take on, do you?

Oh, probably. The last one I saw

screamed all the way to the chair.

That's what I heard about dames.

They always dramatize everything.

It would have been a good idea

if that dame had committed suicide

before she got to the dance hall.

Then we wouldn't have to watch it.

No such luck.

I don't know why they give me

such assignments. I always get sick.

Yeah? And I wish you'd stop eating


Never bothers me.

Well, it does me.

Hello, everybody. And how is everyone

on this festive occasion?

Hey, Devlin, did you bring a bottle?

Where've you been, Dev?

Haven't seen you for a long time.

I work for a living.

How are you, Devlin?

Well, I'm a dirty so-a-so.

That's what I always thought.

What are you doing here, Garfield?

Covering a story.

Oh, thanks.

Have a sandwich?

Not me. I've attended these things before.

You mean to say that Spike Kiley

handed you out this assignment.

Oh, I asked for it.

You asked for it?

Why not? It's a big story,

isn't it?

Look, tidbit,

electrocution is no place for you.

Well, I'm a reporter.

No, you're not.

You're just a sweet little kid

whose family allowed her

to read too many newspaper novels.

You make me so mad I could...

Well, I could...


Go ahead.

You think you're cute, don't you?

You know, I'm surprised you don't talk

baby talk.

By the way,

I don't suppose you've been to any

of these high tension parties, have you?

Well, there's always a first time.

Yeah, but it always seems a little worse

when they burn a woman.

Why make an exception

because she's a woman?

Well, it could be a very interesting experience

for you.

Look, maybe I can give you

a rough idea of how it looks.

You know, just so you know how

to handle yourself.

Now, supposing this is the chair.

Over there are the witnesses,

that's us.

Then they slap you in the chair

like that, see?

Then they put the straps across here...

another here and another here.

Then another one across here tight.

Then they take a wide rubber band

and put it across your eyes.

Like that.

And another one across your mouth.

Then they take the electrode

and they slap it on your leg, like this.

Never mind the rehearsal.

I was only trying to give you a present.

That' s a swell way to do it.

Look, real gold and everything.

You pick out the most appropriate places

to get sentimental.

Now, listen, little Miss Front Page...

It's okay for you to shag fires

and ambulances.

But a burning is different.

It does something to you.

It chews you up inside.

Look at those guys.

They've seen it before,

and believe me, they're really tough.

Don't go through it, kid.

You don't have to.

I'll cover the story for you.

No, you won't. I was sent down here

to see it and I'm going to.

Come on, let me take you out of here.


If you can take it, I can.

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Laird Doyle

Laird Doyle (1907–1936) was an American screenwriter. Doyle was under contract to Warner Brothers during the mid-1930s, before his sudden death at the age of twenty nine. One of his final films was the British comedy Strangers on Honeymoon. Some of his screenplay work was used posthumously, his last credited film being in 1947. more…

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