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Front Page Story
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British theatrical poster
Directed by Gordon Parry
Screenplay by Jack Howells
Jay Lewis
Based onFinal Night
by Robert Gaines
Produced byJay Lewis
Starring Jack Hawkins
Elizabeth Allan
Eva Bartok
Derek Farr
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Music byJackie Brown
Jay Lewis Productions
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release date
20 January 1954
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£132,269 (UK) [1]

Front Page Story is a 1954 British drama film directed by Gordon Parry and starring Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Allan and Eva Bartok. [2] It was shot in black-and-white at Shepperton Studios with some location shooting in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Arthur Lawson.



Grant is a hard working Fleet Street newspaper editor who refuses to take a long planned holiday with his wife Susan. Instead, to her annoyance, he stays in his office to deal with a number of urgent stories. These include a family of children evicted from their home when their mother dies, a woman charged with euthanasia, and a drunken ex-reporter tracking down an atomic scientist. They all culminate in the story of a plane crash, after which Grant is shocked to find his wife listed as one of the passengers. He discovers Susan was leaving him and going away with one of his colleagues. But did she take the plane?


Critical reception

The New York Times critic wrote, "there's nothing wrong with the point of this picture. It just doesn't make it well"; [3] TV Guide found it "a lucid look behind the headlines at the people who get out the news"; [4] while the British Radio Times magazine found it "cosily dated, but an interesting sign of its times." [5]

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  2. "Front Page Story". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  3. "Movie Review - Front Page Story - Screen: Noble Newsman; Hawkins Plays One in 'Front Page Story' -".
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