The Front Page

by  Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  17m, 5f

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

"Fast, explosive, funny." - ABC TV

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Charles MacArthur

Charles MacArthur

Ben Hecht

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