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The Girl on the Front Page (1936)

The heiress to a powerful newspaper owner gets a job at the paper under an assumed name and helps break up a blackmail racket.


Harry Beaumont


Marjorie Chanslor (story), Roy Chanslor (story) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Hank Gilman
Gloria Stuart ... Joan Langford
Reginald Owen ... Archie Biddle
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Langford
Gilbert Emery ... Thorne
David Oliver ... Flash
Robert Gleckler ... Bill
Phillip Trent ... Edward (as Clifford Jones)
Maxine Reiner ... Annette


The heiress to a powerful newspaper owner gets a job at the paper under an assumed name and helps break up a blackmail racket.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

27 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ditadora da Imprensa See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Joan isn't exactly sure what she wants to do with her newspaper.
11 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, the old and beloved owner of a newspaper dies at his desk. The timing sure isn't ideal, as his daughter, Joan (Gloria Stuart), is scheduled to arrive the next day to see him! However, instead of selling the paper like folks assume she's going to do, she plans on working there! But when she meets the managing editor, Hank Gilman (Edmund Lowe), she decides to pretend to be a regular person seeking employment instead of divulging who she really is. Why? Well, I'm not exactly sure! However, he soon realizes who she is and keeps this to himself....again, I am not exactly sure why! Eventually the truth becomes apparent to everyone and Joan is not sure of what she wants. Does she want to let Gilman do his job without interference or does she want to run the paper herself? And, in the process can the pair manage to not drive each other batty?

This is a cute little film--not one that will change your life but makes an excellent time-passer. Lowe, as usual, is smooth and entertaining and Stuart manages to be annoying but NOT stupid-- something that makes the film more workable. Overall, worth your time and fun.

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