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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Walter poses as probation officer Otto Fishbein in an attempt to dissuade Peggy from marrying Hildy. Using a silver star taken from a movie poster as his badge, he tries to convince Peggy that Hildy is a serial flasher, most recently arrested for exposing himself to a group of school girls at an art museum.



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%% * ManipulativeBastard / GuileHero: ManipulativeBastard: There is nothing Walter Burns as he schemes will not stoop to in order to get Hildy back; back on the ''Examiner'' and covering the Williams hanging, from lying to Hildy's fiancee, lying to Hildy, hiring a reporter solely to get possession of his desk (and sacking him as soon as he turns in his copy), lying to the authorities, and finally [[spoiler: having Hildy arrested for "stealing" a watch supposedly given as he manipulates the other reporters so he can get a scoop.
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wedding present.]]



* OrMyNameIsnt: After failing to convince Peggy that Hildy is a serial flasher, Walter warns her off of marrying a newspaper man. He has this to say on his way out: "I wish you both all the luck in the world. [[BlatantLies And I mean it]], or my name isn't Otto Fishbein."



%% * SleazyPolitician: The Mayor and Sheriff "Honest Pete" Hartman.

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%% * SleazyPolitician: The Mayor and Sheriff "Honest Pete" Hartman.Hartman, who are generally suspected to be using the execution as a political gesture, bribe a messenger with a night at a brothel, and dispensing patronage to large numbers of "special deputies."


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* CampGay: Bensinger, the prissy ''Tribune'' reporter.
* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams.
* DaEditor: Burns.
* DirtyCop: Sheriff Hartman.

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%% * CampGay: Bensinger, the prissy ''Tribune'' reporter.
%% * ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams.
%% * DaEditor: Burns.
%% * DirtyCop: Sheriff Hartman.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mollie Malloy.

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%% * HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Mollie Malloy.



* InsanityDefense: Williams tries for this, but it doesn't work.
* IntrepidReporter: Hildy; Burns, once he gets back into the field.

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%% * 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, for Hildy anyway, as Walter isn't at all conflicted about being married to the job.

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* MarriedToTheJob: The core conflict is largely about this, for Hildy anyway, as Walter isn't at all conflicted about being married to the job.



* SleazyPolitician: The Mayor and Sheriff "Honest Pete" Hartman.

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One of [[ThoseTwoActors the ten films]] Lemmon and Matthau starred in together. A young Creator/SusanSarandon also appeared as Hildy's dull fiancee Peggy.

This film is one of four cinematic adaptations of a popular stage play titled ''The Front Page''. In 1931 it was made into a hit movie called ''Film/{{The Front Page|1931}}''. In 1940 it was made as ''Film/HisGirlFriday'', which did a GenderFlip, casting Rosalind Russell as a female Hildy Johnson, and making Walter (Creator/CaryGrant) her ex-husband as well as her old boss. It was remade yet again as ''Switching Channels'' in 1988, which updated the story from newspapers to TV and starred Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.

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One of [[ThoseTwoActors the ten films]] Lemmon and Matthau starred in together. A young Creator/SusanSarandon also appeared appears as Hildy's dull fiancee Peggy.

This film is one of four cinematic adaptations of a popular stage play titled ''The Front Page''. In 1931 it was made into a hit movie called ''Film/{{The Front Page|1931}}''. [[Film/TheFrontPage1931 of the same name]]. In 1940 it was made remade as ''Film/HisGirlFriday'', which did a GenderFlip, casting Rosalind Russell as a female Hildy Johnson, and making Walter (Creator/CaryGrant) her ex-husband as well as her old boss. It was remade yet again as ''Switching Channels'' in 1988, which updated the story from newspapers to TV and starred Burt Reynolds Creator/BurtReynolds and Kathleen Turner.
Creator/KathleenTurner.


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. 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.

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In [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, 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. 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.


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There have been two films called ''The Front Page'', both adaptations of the 1929 play of the same name. The first was released in 1931 and the second was released in 1974.

Walter Burns, editor of the ''Chicago Examiner'', wants IntrepidReporter Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson 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. 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 1931 film was directed by Lewis Milestone and starred Adolphe Menjou as Walter and Pat O'Brien as Hildy. It was produced by Creator/HowardHughes. The 1974 adaptation was directed by Creator/BillyWilder, and starred Creator/WalterMatthau as Walter and Creator/JackLemmon as Hildy, in one of [[ThoseTwoActors the ten films]] they starred in together. A young Creator/SusanSarandon also appeared as Hildy's dull fiancee Peggy.

Besides being made twice under this title, the story has been remade two more times under different titles. The 1940 classic ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' did a GenderFlip, casting Rosalind Russell as a female Hildy Johnson, and making Walter (Creator/CaryGrant) her ex-husband as well as her old boss. ''The Front Page'' was remade yet again as ''Switching Channels'' in 1988, which updated the story from newspapers to TV and starred Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.

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There have been two films called ''The Front Page'', both adaptations of the 1929 play of the same name. The first was released in 1931 Page'' is a 1974 film directed by Creator/BillyWilder, starring Creator/JackLemmon and the second was released in 1974.

Creator/WalterMatthau.

Walter Burns, 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. 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 1931 film was directed by Lewis Milestone and starred Adolphe Menjou as Walter and Pat O'Brien as Hildy. It was produced by Creator/HowardHughes. The 1974 adaptation was directed by Creator/BillyWilder, and starred Creator/WalterMatthau as Walter and Creator/JackLemmon as Hildy, in one One of [[ThoseTwoActors the ten films]] they Lemmon and Matthau starred in together. A young Creator/SusanSarandon also appeared as Hildy's dull fiancee Peggy.

Besides being This film is one of four cinematic adaptations of a popular stage play titled ''The Front Page''. In 1931 it was made twice under this title, the story has been remade two more times under different titles. The into a hit movie called ''Film/{{The Front Page|1931}}''. In 1940 classic ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' it was made as ''Film/HisGirlFriday'', which did a GenderFlip, casting Rosalind Russell as a female Hildy Johnson, and making Walter (Creator/CaryGrant) her ex-husband as well as her old boss. ''The Front Page'' It was remade yet again as ''Switching Channels'' in 1988, which updated the story from newspapers to TV and starred Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.



* BatmanGambit: In the 1974 adaptation 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.

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* BatmanGambit: In the 1974 adaptation 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.



* BringMyBrownPants: In the 1974 adaptaton the new ''Examiner'' reporter "did a bad thing in [his] pants" when the guards start shooting during Williams' breakout. This spoils a key photograph of Earl Williams due to wet film.

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* BringMyBrownPants: In the 1974 adaptaton the The new ''Examiner'' reporter "did a bad thing in [his] pants" when the guards start shooting during Williams' breakout. This spoils a key photograph of Earl Williams due to wet film.



* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams. Also Walter's signal of tapping the desk three times to check on Willliams--when Walter does this by accident Williams is exposed.

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* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams. Also Walter's signal of tapping the desk three times to check on Willliams--when Walter does this by accident Williams is exposed.



* 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]].'' (1974 film)

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* 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]].'' (1974 film)''


* AudienceMurmurs: Lampshaded. After Hildy insists to his fiancée that he's in the press room saying goodbye to his friends, he says "Can't you fellas say something?" They respond with sarcastic nonverbal murmurs.



* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams. Also Walter's signal of tapping the desk three times to check on Willliams--when another person does this by accident Williams is exposed.

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* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams. Also Walter's signal of tapping the desk three times to check on Willliams--when another person Walter does this by accident Williams is exposed.



* HallOfMirrors: A throwaway gag when the entrance to Hildy's apartment in the 1931 film is shown to be one of these.



* HypocriticalHumor: In the 1931 film, the reports who relentlessly slut-shame poor Molly have pictures of naked women on the wall.



* IronicJuxtaposition: The 1931 film opens with a large bag of flour that is labeled "Sunshine Flower--Insures Domestic Happiness." The camera zooms out to reveal that the bag of flour is being used as a weight to test a gallows.



* ProductPlacement: InUniverse in the 1931 film. Bensinger has taken a payoff from the restaurant that provided Earl Williams' last meal, which requires him to name the restaurant in his story.
* RoundTableShot: The 1931 film has a variation on this in which, instead of the camera spinning around to capture the people at the table, it follows Hildy and Walter as they walk around the table. They circle the table at least twice as Walter puts on the hard sell and gets Hildy to forget about his impending marriage as they get excited about bringing the mayor and the sheriff down.



* {{Streetwalker}}: Molly Malloy, Earl Wlliams' only friend, identifies herself as this in the 1931 film.



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: This is how we learn that Hildy left Peggy and ended up as Managing Editor of the ''Examiner'' (1974 film).

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: This is how we learn that Hildy left Peggy and ended up as Managing Editor of the ''Examiner'' (1974 film).''Examiner''.


* AudenceMurmurs: Lampshaded. After Hildy insists to his fiancée that he's in the press room saying goodbye to his friends, he says "Can't you fellas say something?" They respond with sarcastic nonverbal murmurs.

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* AudenceMurmurs: AudienceMurmurs: Lampshaded. After Hildy insists to his fiancée that he's in the press room saying goodbye to his friends, he says "Can't you fellas say something?" They respond with sarcastic nonverbal murmurs.


* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams.

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* ChekhovsGun: Bensinger's desk, and the governor's reprieve for Williams. Also Walter's signal of tapping the desk three times to check on Willliams--when another person does this by accident Williams is exposed.

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* RoundTableShot: The 1931 film has a variation on this in which, instead of the camera spinning around to capture the people at the table, it follows Hildy and Walter as they walk around the table. They circle the table at least twice as Walter puts on the hard sell and gets Hildy to forget about his impending marriage as they get excited about bringing the mayor and the sheriff down.

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* IdiotBall: Sheriff Hartman and the psychiatrist electing to give Earl Williams a ''loaded gun'' to "re-enact" his crime.

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* AudenceMurmurs: Lampshaded. After Hildy insists to his fiancée that he's in the press room saying goodbye to his friends, he says "Can't you fellas say something?" They respond with sarcastic nonverbal murmurs.

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* ProductPlacement: InUniverse in the 1931 film. Bensinger has taken a payoff from the restaurant that provided Earl Williams' last meal, which requires him to name the restaurant in his story.


* 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]].''

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* 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]].'''' (1974 film)
* HallOfMirrors: A throwaway gag when the entrance to Hildy's apartment in the 1931 film is shown to be one of these.



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: This is how we learn that Hildy left Peggy and ended up as Managing Editor of the ''Examiner''.

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: This is how we learn that Hildy left Peggy and ended up as Managing Editor of the ''Examiner''.''Examiner'' (1974 film).

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