Contents 1 Synopsis 2 Production 2.1 Cast 3 Significance 4 Revivals 5 Adaptations 6 Accolades 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Synopsis[edit] Reporters play cards in the press room of the Criminal Courts Building in Act I of The Front Page (1928) The play's single set is the dingy press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building, overlooking the gallows behind the Cook County Jail. Reporters from most of the city's newspapers are passing the time with poker and pungent wisecracks about the news of the day. Soon they will witness the hanging of Earl Williams, a white man and supposed Communist revolutionary convicted of killing a black policeman. Hildy Johnson, cocky star reporter for the Examiner, is late. He appears only to say good-bye; he is quitting to get a respectable job and be married. Suddenly the reporters hear that Earl Williams has escaped from the jail. All but Hildy stampede out for more information. As Hildy tries to decide how to react, Williams comes in through the window. He tells Hildy he is no revolutionary, and that he shot the police officer by accident. The reporter realizes this bewildered, harmless little man was railroaded — just to help the crooked mayor and sheriff pick up enough black votes to win re-election. It is the story of a lifetime. Hildy helps Williams hide inside a roll-top desk. His daunting challenge now is to get Williams out of the building to a safe place for an interview before rival reporters or trigger-happy policemen discover him. Hildy has no choice but to ask for help from Walter Burns, managing editor of the Examiner — a devious tyrant who would do just about anything to keep Hildy with the newspaper.

Production[edit] The Front Page was produced by Jed Harris and directed by George S. Kaufman, with settings by Raymond Sovey. It opened at the Times Square Theatre, New York City, on August 14, 1928, and ran 278 performances before closing in April 1929.[1] Cast[edit] Vincent York as Wilson, American[2] Allen Jenkins as Endicott, Post[2] Willard Robertson as Murphy, Journal[2] William Foran as McCue, City Press[2] Tammany Young as Schwartz, Daily News[2] Joseph Calleia as Kruger, Journal of Commerce[2] Walter Baldwin as Bensinger, Tribune[2] Violet Barney as Mrs. Schlosser[2] Jay Wilson as "Woodenshoes" Eichorn[2] Eduardo Ciannelli as Diamond Louis[2] Lee Tracy as Hildy Johnson, Herald-Examiner[2] Carrie Weller as Jennie[2] Dorothy Stickney as Molly Malloy[2] Claude Cooper as Sheriff Hartman[2] Frances Fuller as Peggy Grant[2] George Barbier as The Mayor[2] Frank Conlan as Mr. Pincus[2] George Leach as Earl Williams[2] Osgood Perkins as Walter Burns[2] Matthew Crowley as Carl[2] Gene West as Frank[2] Larry Doyle as a Policeman[2] George T. Fleming as a Policeman[2] The press room of the Chicago Criminal Courts Building Lee Tracy as Hildy Johnson George Barbier (The Mayor), Willard Robertson (Murphy), Claude Cooper (Sheriff Hartman), Allen Jenkins (Endicott), William Foran (McCue) George Leach (Earl Williams), Lee Tracy (Hildy Johnson) Osgood Perkins as Walter Burns

Significance[edit] The authors' expert plotting and rapid-fire, streetwise dialogue delighted audiences and made their play an instant classic. Hecht and MacArthur strongly influenced many other American comic writers, especially in Hollywood. The newspapers are modeled on the City News Bureau of Chicago (where MacArthur had worked), Chicago Daily News (where Hecht was a reporter), and Chicago's American. The character Earl Williams is loosely based on "Terrible" Tommy O'Connor.[3] Walter Burns is a thinly disguised caricature of Hearst editor Walter Howey.[4]

Revivals[edit] The play was restaged four more times on Broadway. In 1946, the revival was directed by Charles MacArthur and ran for 79 performances. The 1969-70 revival was the most successful of these. It was produced at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and starred Robert Ryan and Bert Convy as Burns and Johnson, running for a total of 222 performances.[5] The 1986-87 revival was produced at the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, directed by Jerry Zaks and starred Richard Thomas as Hildy and John Lithgow as Burns. This production ran for 57 performances.[6] A Broadway revival opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, in a limited engagement, starting on September 20, 2016 in previews and officially on October 20. Directed by Jack O'Brien, the cast starred Nathan Lane as Walter Burns, John Slattery as Hildy Johnson, John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman, Jefferson Mays as Bensinger, Holland Taylor as Mrs. Grant, Sherie Rene Scott as Mollie Malloy, Robert Morse as Silas Pinkus, and Christopher McDonald as Murphy. The production received generally good notices, especially for Lane, and became the first show of the season to recoup and turn a profit.[7][8][9] It received two Tony nominations: Best Featured Actor in a Play (Lane) and Best Scenic Design of a Play (Douglas W. Schmidt). An adaptation by John Guare of His Girl Friday was produced at The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, in 2013, directed by Christopher Ashley.[10]

Adaptations[edit] The Front Page has been adapted to film a number of times: The Front Page (1931), directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien and Helen Kane.[11] His Girl Friday (1940), directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant as Walter and Rosalind Russell as Hildy, who in this version is female and Walter's ex-wife. A romantic element is added to the plot, as Walter is trying to win Hildy back both professionally and personally.[11] The 1931 film was adapted to radio by Academy Award Theater (1948), with Menjou and O'Brien reprising their roles from the film. The Front Page (1949), CBS Television series, starring Richard Boone and John Daly The Front Page (1974), directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.[12] Switching Channels (1988), starring Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner, with the newspaper reporters updated to television reporters and none of the original dialogue retained.[13] His Girl Friday and Switching Channels changed the male lead Hildebrand 'Hildy' Johnson to females Hildegaard 'Hildy' Johnson and Christy Colleran respectively.[13] John Varley's 1991 science fiction novel Steel Beach takes the story — and the change of sex — to another level; the plot includes a sex-change by a male reporter named Hildy Johnson. There have also been four television productions, all under the title The Front Page: 1945, in the US; 1948, in the UK; 1949–1950 (see above) in the US as a series on CBS; 1970, in the US The musical Windy City (book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh, music by Tony Macaulay) was also based on The Front Page.[14] It premiered at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, England on July 20, 1982 and ran for 250 performances. Additionally, Hecht and MacArthur's story for the 1939 film Gunga Din recycles their basic plot of trying to dissuade someone from leaving his job, in this case Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s character attempting to resign his post in the British army and comrades Grant and Victor McLaglen conniving to prevent it.

Accolades[edit] The Front Page was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1928–29.[15] The 1986 Broadway revival was nominated for two 1987 Tony Awards: Best Revival and Best Scenic Design (Tony Walton), and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design.[16]

See also[edit] List of United States comedy films

References[edit] ^ "The Front Page". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2016-09-29.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "The Front Page". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 2016-09-30.  ^ "Hecht, Ben (1894-1964)." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. ^ The Press: Will the Ice Age Return? TIME August 13, 1945 ^ " The Front Page, 1969" Internet Broadway Database, accessed June 9, 2016 ^ " The Front Page 1986" Internet Broadway Database, accessed June 9, 2016 ^ Viagas, Robert and Gans, Andrew. "Extra, Extra: Full Cast and Theatre Announced for Broadway 'Front Page'" Playbill, June 9, 2016 ^ Gans, Andrew. "Starry 'Front Page' Revival Arrives on Broadway Tonight" Playbill, September 20, 2016 ^ Viagas, Robert. See What Critics Thought of Nathan Lane’s Broadway 'Front Page'", Playbill, October 21, 2016 ^ " His Girl Friday Press Release, accessed June 9, 2016 ^ a b " The Front Page, 1931", accessed June 9, 2016 ^ Canby, Vincent (December 19, 1974). "Movie Review The Front Page (1974) Wilder's Uneven Film of 'Front Page':The Cast". The New York Times.  ^ a b Canby, Vincent. "Film: Turner in 'Switching Channels'" The New York Times, March 4, 1988 ^ Klein, Alvin. "Theater; 'The Front Page' As a Musical" The New York Times, October 20, 1985 ^ Mantle, Burns, ed. (1929). The Best Plays of 1928–29. New York: Dodd, Mead. OCLC 9695298.  ^ Awards, accessed June 9, 2016

External links[edit] Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Front Page (play). The Front Page at the Internet Broadway Database The Front Page at the Internet Broadway Database The Front Page at the Internet Movie Database His Girl Friday on IMDb Switching Channels on IMDb v t e Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's The Front Page (1928) Films The Front Page (1931) His Girl Friday (1940) The Front Page (1974) Switching Channels (1988) Other The Front Page (1949 television series) Windy City (1982 musical) v t e Charles MacArthur Plays written Lulu Belle The Front Page Twentieth Century Ladies and Gentlemen Family Helen Hayes (second wife) James MacArthur (son) John D. MacArthur (brother) Retrieved from "" Categories: Plays by Charles MacArthur1928 playsBroadway playsComedy playsChicago in fictionPlays set in IllinoisPlays by Ben HechtAmerican plays adapted into filmsHidden categories: Pages using div col without cols and colwidth parametersArticles with IBDb links

Navigation menu Personal tools Not logged inTalkContributionsCreate accountLog in Namespaces ArticleTalk Variants Views ReadEditView history More Search Navigation Main pageContentsFeatured contentCurrent eventsRandom articleDonate to WikipediaWikipedia store Interaction HelpAbout WikipediaCommunity portalRecent changesContact page Tools What links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPermanent linkPage informationWikidata itemCite this page Print/export Create a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version In other projects Wikimedia Commons Languages Srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски Edit links This page was last edited on 16 January 2018, at 03:47. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. Privacy policy About Wikipedia Disclaimers Contact Wikipedia Developers Cookie statement Mobile view (window.RLQ=window.RLQ||[]).push(function(){mw.config.set({"wgPageParseReport":{"limitreport":{"cputime":"0.260","walltime":"0.344","ppvisitednodes":{"value":1463,"limit":1000000},"ppgeneratednodes":{"value":0,"limit":1500000},"postexpandincludesize":{"value":25534,"limit":2097152},"templateargumentsize":{"value":1331,"limit":2097152},"expansiondepth":{"value":17,"limit":40},"expensivefunctioncount":{"value":0,"limit":500},"unstrip-depth":{"value":0,"limit":20},"unstrip-size":{"value":16978,"limit":5000000},"entityaccesscount":{"value":1,"limit":400},"timingprofile":["100.00% 291.995 1 -total"," 29.60% 86.443 1 Template:Reflist"," 19.73% 57.609 3 Template:Cite_web"," 17.85% 52.113 1 Template:Infobox_play"," 16.09% 46.991 1 Template:Infobox"," 10.09% 29.468 1 Template:About"," 9.83% 28.713 1 Template:Commons_category"," 6.24% 18.206 2 Template:IMDb_title"," 4.46% 13.022 1 Template:Div_col"," 3.50% 10.215 1 Template:Commons"]},"scribunto":{"limitreport-timeusage":{"value":"0.082","limit":"10.000"},"limitreport-memusage":{"value":2775204,"limit":52428800}},"cachereport":{"origin":"mw1311","timestamp":"20180312125135","ttl":1900800,"transientcontent":false}}});});(window.RLQ=window.RLQ||[]).push(function(){mw.config.set({"wgBackendResponseTime":66,"wgHostname":"mw1256"});});

The_Front_Page - Photos and All Basic Informations

The_Front_Page More Links

The Front Page (disambiguation)Ben HechtCharles MacArthurTimes Square TheaterNew York CityBroadway TheatreComedyChicagoBen HechtCharles MacArthurEnlargeCourthouse PlaceGallowsCommunistRoll-top DeskJed HarrisGeorge S. KaufmanTimes Square TheatreAllen JenkinsWillard RobertsonTammany YoungJoseph CalleiaWalter BaldwinEduardo CiannelliLee TracyDorothy StickneyClaude Cooper (actor)Frances FullerGeorge Barbier (actor)Osgood PerkinsLee TracyGeorge Barbier (actor)Willard RobertsonClaude Cooper (actor)Allen JenkinsOsgood PerkinsCity News Bureau Of ChicagoChicago Daily NewsChicago's AmericanTommy O'Connor (criminal)Hearst CorporationWalter HoweyEthel Barrymore TheatreRobert RyanBert ConvyVivian BeaumontLincoln CenterJerry ZaksRichard Thomas (actor)John LithgowBroadhurst TheatreJack O'Brien (director)Nathan LaneJohn SlatteryJohn GoodmanJefferson MaysHolland TaylorSherie Rene ScottRobert MorseChristopher McDonaldJohn GuareThe La Jolla PlayhouseChristopher AshleyThe Front Page (1931 Film)Lewis MilestoneAdolphe MenjouPat O'Brien (actor)Helen KaneHis Girl FridayHoward HawksCary GrantRosalind RussellAcademy Award TheaterThe Front Page (TV Series)CBS TelevisionRichard BooneJohn Charles DalyThe Front Page (1974 Film)Billy WilderJack LemmonWalter MatthauSwitching ChannelsBurt ReynoldsKathleen TurnerJohn Varley (author)Science FictionSteel BeachMusical TheatreWindy City (musical)Dick VosburghTony MacaulayVictoria Palace TheatreLondonGunga Din (film)Douglas Fairbanks Jr.Victor McLaglenBurns Mantle41st Tony AwardsTony WaltonDrama Desk AwardList Of United States Comedy FilmsInternet Broadway DatabasePlaybillVincent CanbyThe New York TimesBurns MantleDodd, Mead And CompanyOCLCInternet Broadway DatabaseInternet Broadway DatabaseInternet Movie DatabaseIMDbIMDbTemplate:The Front PageTemplate Talk:The Front PageBen HechtCharles MacArthurThe Front Page (1931 Film)His Girl FridayThe Front Page (1974 Film)Switching ChannelsThe Front Page (TV Series)Windy City (musical)Template:Charles MacArthurTemplate Talk:Charles MacArthurCharles MacArthurLulu Belle (film)Twentieth Century (play)Ladies And Gentlemen (play)Helen HayesJames MacArthurJohn D. MacArthurHelp:CategoryCategory:Plays By Charles MacArthurCategory:1928 PlaysCategory:Broadway PlaysCategory:Comedy PlaysCategory:Chicago In FictionCategory:Plays Set In IllinoisCategory:Plays By Ben HechtCategory:American Plays Adapted Into FilmsCategory:Pages Using Div Col Without Cols And Colwidth ParametersCategory:Articles With IBDb LinksDiscussion About Edits From This IP Address [n]A List Of Edits Made From This IP Address [y]View The Content Page [c]Discussion About The Content Page [t]Edit This Page [e]Visit The Main Page [z]Guides To Browsing WikipediaFeatured Content – The Best Of WikipediaFind Background Information On Current EventsLoad A Random Article [x]Guidance On How To Use And Edit WikipediaFind Out About WikipediaAbout The Project, What You Can Do, Where To Find ThingsA List Of Recent Changes In The Wiki [r]List Of All English Wikipedia Pages Containing Links To This Page [j]Recent Changes In Pages Linked From This Page [k]Upload Files [u]A List Of All Special Pages [q]Wikipedia:AboutWikipedia:General Disclaimer

view link view link view link view link view link