The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Aug. 27, 1928

The Front Page. It has become customary to write plays which instruct, while they gibe or cheer, in the rudiments of exciting professions. The liquor racket, the theatrical profession, the industry of the gangster, the sly legerdemain of politicians, each has been subjected to severe and detailed definition. More unscrupulous and exciting even than such are the obscure practices of journalism; these, brilliantly, savagely, profanely elucidated in The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, made the play an immediate success in Manhattan.

The plot of The Front Page, melodramatic to an extreme...