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For all reporters and editors of modern times, this is a nostalgic look at the days when newspapers were powerful forms - if not the only forms - of getting the news to the public.
Walter Matthau as Walter Burns is editor of the most prominent newspaper in Chicago. Jack Lemmon as Hildy (short for Hildegarde) is his ace reporter who can write anything at anytime under any conditions.
The plot revolves around Hildy, who wants to leave to get married and doesn't want to report on the most important story of the day, the hanging of Earl, who allegedly belongs to some weird group or other, and his supposedly shooting of a policeman. It is an election year, and the mayor and the sheriff are making the most of the publicity. The reporters are gathered in a large room in city hall. Noises from the construction of a scaffold from whicch to hang Earl can be heard out in the courtyard of the jail across the way.Read more ›
As you can imagine "The Front Page" is old-fashioned funny. Based on the 1928 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (itself filmed with Cary Grant as "His Girl Friday" in 1940) - the adapted screenplay by the legendary duo of Director Billy Wilder and Writer I.A.L. Diamond ("Some Like It Hot", "The Apartment" and "Avanti!") offers what you'd expect - rapid-fire dialogue that can only be described as comedic genius. Throw two of Wilder's favourite leading men into this hardboiled hijinx - Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon - and magic will happen more often than not. But despite its commercial success - critics disliked this retro film - calling it wildly out of place in the harsh reality-filled movie landscape of 1974. But I've always loved it.
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Not anywhere in the same league as the other Lemmon-Matthau works. It's hard to care for any of the characters and takes place in self-indulging Chicago which doesn't inspire... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Malachi Constant
Lemmon and Matthau are up to their usual delivery in an old established rolesPublished 12 months ago by Lloyd N. West Jr.
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