The Front Page

The Front Page

Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1931 • United States

Based on the Broadway play of the same name (which was also the basis for Howard Hawks’ HIS GIRL FRIDAY) THE FRONT PAGE is a screwball comedy focusing on two newspapermen hoping to capitalize on a story about an escaped prisoner.

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. Elements for this restoration provided by the Howard Hughes Corporation and by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Fine Arts’ Department of Film and its Howard Hughes Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

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The Front Page
  • The Front Page

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1931 • United States

    Based on the Broadway play of the same name (which was also the basis for Howard Hawks’ HIS GIRL FRIDAY) THE FRONT PAGE is a screwball comedy focusing on two newspapermen hoping to capitalize on a story about an escaped prisoner.

    Restored b...

Extras

  • Restoring THE FRONT PAGE

    This 2016 piece details the work of the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in bringing this version of THE FRONT PAGE to life. It highlights the differences between this restoration, in which certain scenes reflect director Lewis Milestone’s preferred presentation for domestic distribut...

  • David Brendel on Screenwriter Ben Hecht

    Writer Ben Hecht’s art made extensive use of his life, and the work he did in Hollywood drew on his experiences growing up in Al Capone–era Chicago and working in newsrooms to capture the worlds of gangsters, reporters, and spies. In this 2016 program, Hecht expert David Brendel explores the life...

  • THE FRONT PAGE Radio Adaptation: 1937

    This radio adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE aired in 1937. It features Walter Winchell as Hildy Johnson and James Gleason as Walter Burns.

  • THE FRONT PAGE Radio Adaptation: 1946

    This radio adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE aired in 1937. It reunites Pat O’Brien and Adolphe Menjou in the roles they played in Lewis Milestone’s 1931 film.