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The Front Page (1931)

Adolphe Menjou , Pat O'Brien , Lewis Milestone  |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YQT7QI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Front Page (1931)" on IMDb

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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: AVOID MIRACLE PICTURES VERSION AT ALL COST!!!!!! November 24, 2007
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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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Below '0'.... October 13, 2003
By philrob
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Unintelligible sound April 10, 2004
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, remastered. Finally! August 2, 2009
By LisaMC
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A FAST AND FURIOUS 1931 NEWSPAPER YARN. 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Front Page 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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Front Page (DVD 1931) January 14, 2003
By A Customer
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Front Page (1931) January 13, 2003
By A Customer
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars (first words) "Hey, Henry! The rope you gave us for that last hanging...
The first of several screen adaptations of the Charles MacArthur/Ben Hecht hit Broadway stageplay, THE FRONT PAGE (1931) is an early talkie that's rather static. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Van Auken
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the terrible Madacy release
Lewis Milestone's 1931 version of "The Front Page", with Adolfe Menjou and Pat O'Brien, is a wonderful movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kaream
4.0 out of 5 stars OK quality for 80 yrs old movie
It looks that many one star reviewers are not very familiar to the first sound movies. They say that it is impossible to understand the lines but even when my native tongue is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Massamasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best looking print of Lewis Milestone's masterpiece.
This is one of those films that is desperate need of restoration. I have yet to see a print anywhere that does this film justice-this one comes the closest but it still needs some... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. D. Heise
2.0 out of 5 stars DARK PAGES OF THE AMERICAN PRESS
WELL DEVELOPED SCRIPT WITH EXCELLENT DIALOGUE AND MIXTURE OF HUMOR AND SOCIAL AWARENESS. TRUE CLASSIC WHICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN INSPIRING FILMS LIKE: ACE IN THE HOLE, SCANDAL... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jimi
1.0 out of 5 stars A Cheap Public Domain Knockoff
"Re-mastered" my eye! This is a horrible transfer of a horrible third generation print, with horrible sound. Half of the witty dialogue is unintelligible. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Conrad Spoke
1.0 out of 5 stars Even half a star
I bought three copies of this at a Dollar store recently, one for myself and two for Christmas Presents. The show itself is marvelous. I had seen it on TV and of course, onstage. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Steven Lavigne
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
I have always wanted to see this, since I love "His Girl Friday." But this transfer is definitely not the one to watch. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Roger Howerton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Front Page
"The Front Page" is a must-see for any fans of Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau! I bought the movie before I ever even saw it and I loved it! Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Shukaku Nara
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaudible sountrack.
I don't know what kind of remastering they did, but the sountrack is almost unintelligible. That's a shame, since the dialogue is reputed to be pretty snappy.
Published on June 28, 2010 by W. Swartchild
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