Fifth about The Seventh

The Front Page (1931)

The Front Page: Lewis Milestone’s energetic, highly entertaining comedy goes beyond the funny and also takes a jab at both the press and elected authorities. It all starts with the snappy, fast-paced dialogue, which is well-delivered by the very solid ensemble cast. Adolphe Menjou is pure oily charm as the rapscallion, while Pat O’Brien is also very fine as the other top-liner. Out of the supporting cast, it’s Edward Everett Horton that makes a more everlasting impression with his character, but each supporting role is unique enough to warrant their existence. The director doesn’t escape the stage origin of the material, but along with cinematographer Glen MacWilliams, gives it a lot of dynamism with their ever-moving camera, that dollies around the action constantly and efficiently.

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