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.