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8 /10
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8.40 /10
Adolphe Menjou , Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
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Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Written by: Bartlett Cormack, Ben Hecht (uncredited), Charles Lederer from the play by Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Released: 1931
Origin: US
Length: 101

An editor (Adolphe Menjou, pictured left) keeps his star reporter (Pat O'Brien, pictured right with Mary Brian centre) working on the eve of his wedding, while his bride-to-be waits.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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You really have to have experienced the static nature of most early talkies to realize quite how revolutionary this film is: it's a forerunner of modern cinematic practice in the way the action is kept moving, with snappy editing, and dialogue delivered at speed and on the run. It's all been done better since (notably in one of the remakes, His Girl Friday), but that should take nothing away from Milestone's mile stone.

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