The Front Page 1931
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THE FRONT PAGE (1931)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. The first and best version of this great story with Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, Mae Clarke, Frank McHugh, Edward Everett Horton and Slim Summerville. Pat O'Brien plays one of a motley group of wisecracking reporters. Pat is tired of the game and wants to settle down and get married. When a convict, who is sentenced to die by hanging, suddenly escapes, all hell breaks loose and Pat is thrust into the middle of the action! A great early sound comedy with realistic dramatic elements and fine performances by an outstanding cast.
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Here's the problem: "The Front Page" has been released (and reworked) many times! So, that's one source of confusion. You may be wanting The Front Page I'm a big fan of that version, too. Or, you may be wanting the reworked comedy classic: His Girl Friday Want even more confusion? The Howard Hawks version (His Girl Friday) is infamously available from so many different companies that you're as likely to get a bad copy -- as a good one.
Then, the original 1931 "Front Page" with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien has been sold on the cheap (or packaged in combination DVD sets) countless times over the years. As the New York Times pointed out, nearly all of those knock-off versions lacked key elements that were only recently restored to the film -- not to mention the fact that the picture and sound quality often was so dreadful that these cheap versions were tough to watch.
Remember that in 1931, Hollywood sound wasn't what it was today. Even in this beautifully restored version, the sound quality varies. Often, it had to do with how close the actors were to the microphones strategically placed around the set.
So -- if you've read this far -- you already understand why "The Front Page" is considered one of the all-time greatest newspaper movies. You're simply trying to make a smart purchase. My review is mainly aimed at saying -- if you're finding my review of the movie on the product page for the KINO DVD with the Library of Congress logo on the cover -- that's the "good one."
It was remade later into the classic "His Girl Friday" with big name stars.
This is one of the few cases where the remake is better than the original.
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