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Perhaps Howard Hawks' most inspired bit of cinematic alchemy was to remake Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play "The Front Page" (already a successful film in 1931) with reporter Hildy Johnson recast from male to female, her love-hate relationship with hard-driving editor Walter Burns now complicated by the fact that they were formerly married. Add Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in career-defining roles, an ensemble of crackerjack character actors in the newsroom and Ralph Bellamy in the Ralph Bellamy role, and you have one of Hollywood's greatest screwball comedies, a dazzling showcase for Hawks' great themes of professional camaraderie and amour fou. DIR/PROD Howard Hawks; SCR Charles Lederer, from the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. U.S., 1940, b&w, 92 min. NOT RATED

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Howard Hawks
92 Minutes
Romantic comedy
Friday, August 12, 2022