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Onscreen credits read "from the play as produced by Jed Harris." Although contemporary sources note that this was Pat O'Brien's first movie role, he had previously appeared in several films. A news item in Motion Picture Herald reports that Chester Morris was signed to play Hildy Johnson. Hecht and MacArthur were former Chicago newspapermen. Adolph Menjou, who received an Academy Award nomimation as Best Actor, was cast when Louis Wolheim, who was originally cast as "Walter Burns" suddenly died. The film also received nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. The film was re-released in 1938 by Atlantic Pictures Corp. Modern sources mention that some names in the play were changed to refer to writers and directors, for example, George Kid Cukor, Judge Mankiewicz and Mr. Benchley. Howard Hawks directed a 1940 version of the play for Columbia entitled His Girl Friday (see below). The play was also the basis for a 1976 film, also entitled The Front Page, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Several versions were also made for television.