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Front Page Woman (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 20 July 1935 (USA)
A woman reporter tries to prove she's just as good as any man, but runs into trouble along the way.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Ellen Garfield
George Brent ... Curt Devlin
Roscoe Karns ... Toots O'Grady
Wini Shaw ... Inez Cardoza (as Winifred Shaw)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Judge Rickard
J. Carrol Naish ... Robert Cardoza (as J. Carroll Naish)
Gordon Westcott ... Maitland Coulter
Dorothy Dare ... Mae LaRue
June Martel ... Olive Wilson
Joseph Crehan ... Spike Kiley
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Hallohan
Addison Richards ... District Attorney
Joe King ... Hartnett (as Joseph King)
Selmer Jackson ... Joe Davis (as Selmar Jackson)
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Fuji (as Mike Morita)
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Storyline

Reporter Curt Devlin loves sob sister Ellen Garfield but believes women are "bum newspapermen". When she learns the identity of a murdered arsonist, he calls it luck. When she goes after the murderer he gets enough evidence to have Maitland Coulter arrested. She finds a bunch of "not guilty" ballots and publishes the wrong story; he eavesdrops on the jury and gets the correct verdict. After being fired she gets a confession from the real killer and gets Coulter released. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women Are Born Newspapermen See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wini Shaw does not sing in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen is in the District Attorney's office, she props up her left arm on to the top left side corner of a file cabinet and then buries her face into her elbow. But on the following shots her left arm changes position several times; from the left side corner to the right side corner of the cabinet and then back to the left side corner again. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Garfield: You make me so mad I could... well, I could spit!
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Soundtracks

"A Good Old Fashioned Cocktail (With a Good Old Fashioned Gal) (1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the nightclub
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Fun on the front page
19 December 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'Front Page Woman' as a big fan of classic film. As somebody who liked the premise, which indicated that it would be quite a fun diversion as long as one didn't expect too much. Have said more than once about liking/loving other Michael Curtiz-directed films, with two of my all time favourite films being 'Casablanca' and 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'. Bette Davis and George Brent have been fine in other things, individually and even together.

A fun diversion 'Front Page Woman' turned out to be and it is worth seeing for anybody that likes racy for the time films, a nice chemistry between good casts and those involved on good if perhaps not great form. Though 'Front Page Woman' is also in my view a film that one shouldn't expect too much from, not for anybody expecting realism and am not trying to be snobbish or childish here (it does depend on the level of "unrealistic").

'Front Page Woman' is very nicely photographed and Davis looks fabulous in her wardrobe. As was usually the case, Curtiz's direction is efficient and he never seemed uncomfortable with the material. The story may not offer many surprises or realism in its depiction of newspaper life, but it has a lively energy throughout and is never less than entertaining.

The dialogue sparkles in its sharp wit, also being remarkably racy in particularly what it has to say on the working women. The chemistry between Davis and Brent is hard to resist, likewise with their performances. Brent getting the very slight edge.

Coming onto the not so good things, while never less than entertaining, 'Front Page Woman' is one of those "solid in all ways but not a lot exceptional" sort of films. If there were more surprises (even if just a few) and if it didn't try so hard in some places it would have been even better than it was.

Supporting cast are all competent but nobody is amazing or on the same level as Davis and Brent. Roscoe Karns in the most colourful supporting role coming closest.

In conclusion, entertaining. 7/10


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