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The Front Page (1931)

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The Front Page
The Front Page (1931)
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Release Date 1931
Studio United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Walter Burns Adolphe Menjou
Hildy Johnson Pat O'Brien
Peggy Grant Mary Brian
Roy V. Bensinger Edward Everett Horton
Jimmy Murphy Edward Catlett
Earl Williams George E. Stone

The Front Page is an American Pre-Code screwball comedy adapted from Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's popular Broadway play that drew on their experience as reporters in Chicago. The film stars Pat O'Brien as swaggering Chicago Tribune reporter Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson and Adolphe Menjou as his editor, Walter Burns. It would be remade in 1940 as His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and in 1974 as The Front Page with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

The following weapons were used in the film The Front Page:


Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector, 2nd Model

Sheriff Peter B. "Pinky" Hartman (Clarence Wilson), the ineffective sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, carries a large-framed revolver that appears to be a Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector, 2nd Model. He hands the revolver to the visiting "alienist" who, in turn, gives it to Earl Williams (George E. Stone) when asking him to reenact his crime. Williams takes it with him when he escapes, after which it is also handled by Hildy Johnson (Pat O'Brien) and Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou) before it is returned to Sheriff Hartman.

Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model, Target Configuration - .44 S&W Special
Earl Williams holds Sheriff Hartman's revolver.
Sheriff Hartman with his revolver now returned to him.

Colt Official Police

One of Sheriff Hartman's deputies appears to be carry a Colt Official Police when searching for Earl Williams at the press office.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Burns watches as a deputy holds his revolver, likely a Colt Official Police, on a rolltop desk.

Unidentified Revolver

Another of Sheriff Hartman's deputies carries an unidentified revolver when confronting Earl Williams.

Earl Williams is cornered in a rolltop desk.

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