3/09/2017

The Front Page (1931) ***1/2

A perfect example of how a "remake" (HIS GIRL FRIDAY) greatly improved upon a solid film (this one) by switching one of its lead's gender, amping up the comedy and speed, and how much a top notch director (and a crackerjack cast) makes a difference. A lot of the dialogue and scenarios are identical in both films but HGF is a classic and while THE FRONT PAGE (remade again in 1974 by Billy Wilder) is a good film (with some pretty great camerawork), it doesn't hold a candle.

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