During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
When Hildy Johnson, the top reporter of a Chicago newspaper announces that he is quitting to get married, his editor, Walter Burns desperately tries to change his mind. When denial, cursing, and luring don't work, Walter resorts to tricks. It's the day before a supposed communist is to be hanged, and all Chicago waits with baited breath. Meanwhile, each of the papers has a man on the story trying to get a scoop or angle for themselves. With a train to catch at midnight to join his fiancé, Hildy is at first not interested, but events and his own habits work against him as the day unfolds, and he can't help but get roped in, especially when the man to be executed escapes and then almost literally falls into his lap.Written by
Allen Jenkins who appears as a telegrapher right at the end of the movie, appeared in the cast of the 1928 Broadway production, as Post reporter Endicott. See more »
The silent version of The Phantom of the Opera is playing at the Balaban and Katz. In 1929, Universal reissued the movie with a music and effects track, and a Balaban and Katz theatre in Chicago would've been equipped for sound by then. Even if a silent movie was playing, Peggy Grant wouldn't have stepped away from the organ console after "Button Up Your Overcoat." After the newsreel, she would've started accompanying the feature presentation. See more »
Here's to you, ya' lucky bastard.
God speed, Hildy.
And may the wind at your back never be your own.
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Billy Wilder's remake of the Ben Hecht play is a little better than the 1931 original, but not as good as the 1940 Cary Grant version (The Front Page).
Still, Jack Lemmon (won an Oscar the year before for Save the Tiger) and Walter Matthau (The Fortune Cookie, Kotch) give excellent performances, and Vincent Gardenia (Oscar nominated the year before for Bang the Drum Slowly ) and Susan Sarandon (a relatively new actress) support them to the extent that this is still a superior film.
Funny, funny film about politics and newspapers and some the the early seventies best actors. Catch this one and also see The Front Page.
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