"The Front Page", written in 1927 by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, is about their lives in the Chicago press room as crime reporters during the Prohibition period. 6 men are on the job and fight for the best stories throughout the city trying to report about any big crime event. Throughout the play you can see the characters and their actions; all the reporters seem to be quite rude and disrespectful. The first instance where this was seen was when Hildy Johnson, played by Grant Goodman, is asked to get on the phone to talk to his boss, Walter Burns (Mike Genovese). Hildy doesn't have a normal everyday conversation with his boss about what is going on but manages to sit their in front of his other buddies in the same business yelling at him and insulting his own boss. This same character, Hildy, has also proposed that he is leaving the newspaper business and going to New York with his fiancée where he will have $150 per week salary and get away from this crime reporting. Rather than being truthful with his wife, Peggy, and leaving on the train with her he continues to tell her "Hold on, just 15 more minutes, I swear, it's the greatest thing that's happened; it's unbelievable." As much as Hildy may love Peggy and care about her, he doesn't show her much respect throughout the play. He even manages to spend his $260 honeymoon money to pay off an insider and get the scoop on the Earl Williams (Ken Jennings) escape story. It says a lot about himself when he focuses more on the job he just quit and getting money from this ridiculous story, where he manages to hide the convict then to leave with his new wife where he will start his new, higher paying job.
As Arnold Bennett states, "Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true." This is a very good explanation of the reporters in the 20's and 30's. Many of them would lie and have some type of scheme in order to get stuff for a story, even...
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