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This hilarious Broadway favorite was remade into multiple film versions but the original remains a high-water mark. The star crime reporter at a sleazy Chicago tabloid prepares to file his final story for the paper before moving on to more dignified work, but his desperate editor will stop at nothing to keep him on board, not even blackmail or the kidnapping of his future mother-in-law! The film was nominated for several Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. A 1974 remake starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: American Pop Classic
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00701QS3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This transfer is poor, poor quality.
Roger Howerton
P.T. Barnum is (erroneously) credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute" and I guess I'm one of them.
J. T Waldmann
I had seen it on TV and of course, onstage.
Steven Lavigne

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on November 24, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
DON'T BUY THE MIRACLE PICTURES VERSION OF 'THE FRONT PAGE.' It's unwatchable. Even at $.01 (from an amazon seller) plus postage, it's a rip-off. Picture jumps; sound is atrocious! Dialogue? Forget it. P.T. Barnum is (erroneously) credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute" and I guess I'm one of them. Beware!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By philrob on October 13, 2003
Format: DVD
...is the rating for Madacy releases. Whatever low is the price, it's still too high, regarding the ultimate lack of quality in their products, and I will wait for a real production of this movie on DVD by people knowing their trade and having some respect for their customers.
Pleaaaaaase, change the rating, and allow for "0 -or under- to 5' option, because if I don't want to put '1' (which is far too much in this case) my review won't be accounted for, and the likes of Madacy (I never met worse) should be prevented from releasing such crap.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: DVD
The sound was so distorted neither of us could understand the dialog. We gave up watching it after 15 minutes.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LisaMC on August 2, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had a DVD of this film, which must have been one step up from a home taping job, because the sound quality was dreadful (to use a favorite Edward Everett Horton word). It was better than nothing, but still left a lot to be desired.

Then I discovered this remastered edition. I got it and watched it and was very pleased. Now, don't get me wrong; this film does not look or sound like something done yesterday, even with the remaster. The picture is still blurry to look at and there are some jumps, but you have to remember that this movie is nearly 80 years old, so it's bound to show its age somewhat.

What is new and better is the sound quality. The dialogue is completely audible, unlike on the previous DVD, where about half the dialogue was muffled to the point of inaudability, and it comes out of both channels on the speakers instead of just one, and you don't have to have the volume at the maximum to hear it. There is still the roar in the background that comes with many very old films, but you can still hear what the actors are saying above it. And the talking is what this movie is all about.

The reporters are acerbic and cranky and mean, but have some humanity, as they sit and wait for a man to be executed. There is a wonderful subplot about the fact that the man is a political pawn and not guilty of the crime, which sheds some light on 1930s politics. Edward Everett Horton has a choice role as one of the men in the press room; it's a serious take on his usual character, an effete hypochondriac, but he doesn't play it for laughs this time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on January 28, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A Chicago reporter wants to retire and marry, but is tricked by his scheming editor into covering one last case. Based on the famous 1928 play by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, this gem isn't exactly the jewel HIS GIRL FRIDAY is - but it's definitely worth a look. Better than you'd think! It's a virile, dizzy-plotted drama which is considered by many to be the epitome of newspaper reporter flicks. A brilliant early talkie which perfectly transfers a 2O's stage classic onto the screen - with zesty aplomb. Superficially, a shade or two primitive due to its age, it should be seen by every serious student/fan of classic pre-code cinema. The plot is just the same as the one used in HIS GIRL FRIDAY, except that Hildy Johnson is as originally written - a man - in the form of Pat O'Brien. In the aforementioned, casting Rosalind Russell and changing Hildy's sex was an inspired stroke of genius: Howard Hawks should be commended. Menjou is terrific as Walter Burns: he won a BA AA nomination. Originally Louis Wolheim was to play the role, but he up and died suddenly. Nominated for Best Picture & Best Director AA as well. Now if the video folk could only improve the quality of the video transfer itself - which is admittedly quite poor, unfortunately.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A really great movie (five stars for content), but unfortunately the DVD is as unrestored as is the VHS tape version. Accordingly, I give the physical medium only one star, which averages out to an overall rating of three stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Ochiltree on January 12, 2003
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This is an outstanding early talking comedy. I rate the movie at leat four stars. Unfortunately, however, this relatively inexpensive DVD is completely unrestored; its video and audio quality is therefore seriously compromised.
I wish someone would bring out a totally restored version of this classic on DVD for around $.. - it would be well worth buying.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2003
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"The Front Page" is a classic early talking comedy. I rate the movie five starts for content.
Unfortunately, however, this inexpensive DVD is completely unrestored; there are major problems with both its image and sound quality. Its physical quality rates only one star, producing a joint content+physical quality rating of three stars (5+1divided by 2).
Hopefully a fully restored version of this materpiece will come out at less than twenty dollars in the next few years.
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