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Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht's classic newspaper comedy--about a conniving editor who talks his star reporter out of getting married long enough to cover a big story--has survived lesser adaptations than this one. (Ever see Switching Channels?) But few have been more disappointing. Billy Wilder teamed Walter Matthau (as the unscrupulous editor) and Jack Lemmon (as the fast-talking reporter), who try to get the scoop on everyone else in the story of a convicted killer who escapes on his way to the electric chair. But Matthau and Lemmon, as good as they are, succumb to the temptation to do shtick--and Carol Burnett shows up in a florid, unfunny performance as a hooker. An attempt to bottle the same lightning that struck with The Sting--but Wilder, Lemmon, and Matthau just can't do it. --Marshall Fine

Cast

Jack LemmonHildy Johnson
Walter MatthauWalter Burns
Susan SarandonPeggy Grant
Vincent GardeniaSheriff
David WayneBensinger
Allen GarfieldKruger
Austin PendletonEarl Williams
Charles DurningMurphy
Herb EdelmanSchwartz
Martin GabelDr. Eggelhofer
Harold GouldThe Mayor
Cliff OsmondJacobi
Dick O'NeillMcHugh
Paul BenedictPlunkett
Carol BurnettMollie Malloy

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Producer: Goodtimes
  • Length: 105 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 17, 1974
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 31, 2005
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