Radio City Music Hall
New York, NY
January 15, 2018
World premiere engagement started January 11th, 1940
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The first program change of the new decade followed a hold-over of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which had opened on December 30th, 1939.
Interesting there is absolutely no mention of this being a remake of The Front Page which was one of the most successful plays of the recent past and audiences would have been very familiar with it.
The Music Hall composed its own ads, and kept movie credits to a minimum because the space had to be shared with the stage revue. But even Columbia Pictures' marketing downplayed the connection because the original satire of the newspaper world had been drastically revamped into a romantic screwball comedy by casting Rosalind Russell as a leading character previously enacted by a man.