The Dastardly Past: The Front Page.
On August 14, 1928, a new kind of play debuted at the Time Square Theatre in Manhattan. Called The Front Page, it was a raucous comedy about unscrupulous pressmen and crooked politicians, set against the impending execution of a wrongly convicted criminal. The playwrights, Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, drew from their own days as journalists in the Chicago of the 1910s and 1920s. While some critics complained of the play’s coarseness and cynicism, it was nevertheless a smash hit. It has been revived successfully on Broadway numerous times and made into successful films, including Howard Hawks’ deft adaptation entitled His Girl Friday (1940), with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in the lead roles.