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The Front Page [Hardcover]

Ben Hecht


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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love The Front Page 4 Nov 2010
By Carl O. Isaacson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love "The Front Page" you're going to love this work detailing the reality behind the drama. An excellent and exhaustive bit of research that sometimes over reaches in its attempt to connect the text of the play with the reality of Hecht's and McArthur's life as Chicago working journalists, nevertheless, this is an invaluable work for my research. I appreciate the care and detail in the basic research. An excellent source book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing This Play? Buy This Book! 14 April 2013
By T. A. Strand - Published on Amazon.com
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I am part of a current production of this classic play and wanted to improve my "amateur dramaturge" status by getting the background of the work. I couldn't be more pleased with what I found. Not only does this book have background notes on the history of the play, it also provides an annotated version of the earliest script as researched by the author. (This really helps since the most common acting edition has some obvious mistakes.) The actual figures of 1920's Chicago journalism that are incarnated in the play's wacky characters are identified, together with thorough explanations of historical events, local political and cultural references and even period slang terms that are used in the play. This is a go-to text for directors, producers, dramaturges, actors and dedicated theater buffs who are interested in "getting the scoop" on this American theatrical gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great background on what Tom Stoppard calls Americas best play 7 April 2013
By Don E. Black - Published on Amazon.com
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The first 52 pages provide page turning information how two newspaper crime reporters from Chicago,
and then living and working in NYC, were so homesick for their hometown, they wrote one of the best plays of the century. The play, written by Charles MacArthur & Ben Hecht, centers on corruption in Chicago. The script provides detail information on individuals, known by MacArthur & Hecht, who then used their personal knowledge, to create many of the characters in the play.
The orignial version of the play is also in the book which contains "adult and racial sensitive language". So "adult", the play was not produced in London until the 1970's;the play was first produced in NYC in 1929.
The dialogue is sharp and hilarious. When Hollywood went from "silent' to "talkies" both authors
got the call to go West because of their displayed ability for dialogue in The Front Page.

This book is a must read for directors, artistic directors, producers,actors,and anyone in theatre academia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good play, exhaustive study 29 Nov 2012
By A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a film adaptation class as we were studying the adaptation of this play into the film His Girl Friday. The play first of all is funny, and very different from the film. The notes that come with this edition are exhaustive. Authors Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur were deeply entrenched in the world of journalism and the editor definitely did is homework showing readers how stacked the play is with references to actual people and places around Chicago. There is a lot that the average reader will miss without this guide. Do all these notes really help one understand the adaptation process? I would have to say no, but it does help one understand the play. So if you are going to study this play, definitely get this book.
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