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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bartender is played by Lester Dorr though many people think it's Humphrey Bogart. 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

[Devlin demands to see a possible witness]
Desk Clerk: She died seven months ago.
Curt Devlin: Ah, the perfect alibi.
Toots O'Grady: We don't want to see her then.
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Connections

Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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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Davis & Brent Reunited
12 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bette Davis and George Brent are sort of engaged. They are also reporters on competing newspapers who keep swiping each others' stories in this fast-paced Warner Brothers movie, with the full stock company on display, in this engaging effort.

Warner Brothers worked these two actors hard in 1935. Brent made seven movies in 1935, Miss Davis five. Director Michael Curtiz also worked the script hard. He seems to pack two hours of dialogue into 82 minutes, mostly by having the actors start talking the instant the previous speaker has finished. There's tremendous chemistry between the two leads; they worked together in eleven movies. It's that chemistry that carries the movie, given a standard script; RKO seems to have made essentially the same movie twenty times to less effect.


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