[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Theatre/TheOddCouple "Can two divorced men work in a newspaper office without driving each other crazy?"]]'']]
A 1974 film, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. An adaptation of the 1929 play of the same name.
Walter Burns (Matthau), editor of the ''Chicago Examiner'', wants IntrepidReporter Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson (Lemmon) to cover the execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams--but Hildy announces that he's quitting the newspaper business, getting married, and moving to Philadelphia. Burns promptly sets out to lure Hildy back, mainly by sabotaging his engagement to the [[DisposableFiance sweet but bland]] Peggy (Susan Sarandon). Then, when Hildy goes to the courthouse to say goodbye to the other reporters, Williams escapes, and Hildy [[GoingForTheBigScoop gets drawn back into the game]] as he senses a lead and starts uncovering the political machinations behind Williams's arrest and pending execution.
''The Front Page'' is the 3rd of four film versions of the play. It was preceded by a 1931 version starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien, and by ''HisGirlFriday'' in 1940; it was followed by ''Switching Channels'' in 1988, which updated the story from newspapers to TV.
!! This movie contains examples of:
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Dr. Eggelhofer has a patently absurd OedipusComplex theory explaining Williams's crime. Justified; the movie's set in 1929.
* BatmanGambit: Burns assigns an inept cub reporter to replace Hildy, knowing that Hildy won't be able to stand by and let the kid mess up.
* BlatantLies: The reporters phoning their editors about Williams's capture -- ''an event they are currently watching'' -- describing it as a blood-filled firefight.
* BringMyBrownPants: The new ''Examiner'' reporter "did a bad thing in [his] pants" when the guards start shooting during Williams' breakout.
* CampGay: Bensinger, the prissy ''Tribune'' reporter.
* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and [[spoiler: the governor's reprieve for Williams]].
* DaEditor: Burns.
* TheDanza: Walter Matthau as Walter Burns.
* DirtyCop: Sheriff Hartman.
* DisposableFiance: Peggy.
* GroinAttack: When Dr. Eggelhofer gets Williams to re-enact the shooting, Williams winds up shooting him in the groin. After operating on himself at the hospital (he doesn't trust American doctors), Dr. Eggelhofer publishes ''[[TheJoyOfX The Joy of Impotence]].''
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mollie Malloy.
* InsanityDefense: Williams tries for this, but it doesn't work.
* IntrepidReporter: Hildy; Burns, once he gets back into the field.
* ManipulativeBastard / GuileHero: Burns as he schemes to get Hildy back; Hildy as he manipulates the other reporters so he can get a scoop.
* MarriedToTheJob: The core conflict is largely about this.
* SelfSurgery: As he's being wheeled away, Dr. Eggelhofer demands a scalpel and a mirror to operate on his wound.
* SleazyPolitician: The Mayor and Sheriff "Honest Pete" Hartman.
* TrainStationGoodbye: Walter sends off Hildy and Peggy at the station, giving Hildy his watch as a wedding gift. [[spoiler: Then he wires ahead to have Hildy arrested for stealing it.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: This is how we learn that Hildy left Peggy and ended up as Managing Editor of the ''Examiner''.