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The Front Page - Full Length Play, Comedy

The Front Page

Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur

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Full Length Play, Comedy

17m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573609121

"Gorgeously melodramatic. One of the funniest and most exciting of American plays." - New York Times

"Fast, explosive, funny." - ABC TV

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An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway, but the cynical managing editor has him arrested before he leaves town for having stolen a watch he planted on Hildy.
"Gorgeously melodramatic. One of the funniest and most exciting of American plays. " - New York Times

"Fast, explosive, funny." - ABC TV



17m, 5f

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Jon Putzke 8/7/2014 3:47 PM
Solid hit for a large ensemble cast. Although set in the late 20s, the dialogue and pace is crisp, sharp and still packs a wallop of nostalgic Americana. Great look into the past with laughs a plenty for today.  Loved producing this many years ago in-the-round and look forward to an opportunity to stage it again. Ideal for community/college theatres with a stable of men to draw on.

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