The Front Page

What is the main conflict in The Front Page by Ben Hecht?

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The Front Page was controversial at the time for its use of profane language and references (to such things as sex, prostitutes, and peeping toms) unfit for a decent audience. Modern critics assert that The Front Page paved the way for the use of such language in the theater.

Drawn from Hecht and Mac Arthur's careers as journalists in Chicago in the 1910s, the play is set in the pressroom at Chicago's Criminal Courts Building and concerns a group of reporters covering a controversial execution.