Extra sheet (film)

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German title Extra sheet
Original title The Front Page
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1974
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Billy Wilder
script Billy Wilder
I.AL Diamond
production Paul Monash
music Billy May
camera Jordan Cronenweth
cut Ralph E. Winters

Extrablatt is a film satire directed by Billy Wilder from 1974. It is based on the play Reporter (original title: The Front Page) by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur .


Hildy Johnson is a top reporter for a Chicago tabloid in the late 1920s (June 6, 1929 is mentioned as the day in the film). Tired of the constant stress at work, he decided to quit the job, marry his girlfriend Peggy Grant and join the advertising industry with his future father-in-law's brother.

His boss, the scheming publisher Walter Burns, is of course not enthusiastic about losing his best horse in the stable . He tries to prevent this by all means.

The day before Earl Williams is scheduled to be executed, reporters from the various newspapers come to the press room of the courthouse to see the preparations. They pass the time with card games until Hildy appears, who wants to say goodbye to his colleagues.

But then Earl Williams can seize a weapon during the final medical examination and flee. Now the reporters and the sheriff can no longer be stopped, and a turbulent chase ensues. Meanwhile, Hildy discovers that Williams is still in the building. He succeeds in luring him into the now orphaned press room and questioning him there.

Hildy is more and more drawn into the spell of the course of events. Not least under the influence of Burns, he decides to write one last cover story about this incident. As expected, that's not enough for Burns. After the conclusion of the story, he uses coercion - otherwise he threatens to publish the "whole truth" in his newspaper before the upcoming new election - the mayor to prevent the train with the fiancee Peggy from leaving until he and Hildy are at the station with a police escort. There he says goodbye to the lovers at the train window with best wishes and gives Hildy the pocket watch with the dedication of his deceased father and predecessor as a newspaper publisher. When the train has left, he goes to the station officer and asks him where the train will stop next. After he tells him the station, he orders him to notify the local police that they should get a Hildebrand Jones from the train who has stolen his pocket watch. This enabled him to prevent the wedding and win back his star reporter Hildy for his newspaper.


The story was filmed twice before and again later:


The German dubbing was created in 1974 in the studios of Berliner Synchron GmbH , Berlin , under the direction of Dietmar Behnke . Lutz Arenz wrote the dialogue book .

role actor Voice actor
Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson Jack Lemmon Georg Thomalla
Walter Burns alias Otto Fishbine Walter Matthau Martin Hirthe
Peggy Grant Susan Sarandon Ute Meinhardt
Murphy, * reporter
for another newspaper
Charles Durning Michael Chevalier
Roy Bensinger (as * Murphy) David Wayne Leo Bardischewski
'The Honorable Pete' Hartmann, Sheriff Vincent Gardenia Klaus Havenstein
Earl Williams Austin Pendleton Stefan Behrens
Kruger (as * Murphy) Allen Garfield Joachim Röcker
Dr. Max J. Eggelhofer Martin Gabel Klaus Miedel
Mr. Plunkett Paul Benedict Wolfgang Spier
Black Herbert Edelman Eric Vaessen
Endicott Lou Frizzell Wolfgang Völz
mayor Harold Gould Heinz Petruo
Mollie Malloy Carol Burnett Barbara Ratthey
Rudy Keppler Jon Corkes Andreas Mannkopff
McHugh (as * Murphy) Dick O'Neill Gerhard Schinschke
Wilson Noam Pitlik Edgar Ott
Jennie Doro Merande Ursula War


"Third film version of the indestructible comedy [...], brought a little out of step by some lengths and coarseness, but thanks to excellent actors still very amusing and also effective in the tragic dimensions."

“Comedy old master Billy Wilder created a slapstick-laden, bitterly evil satire on journalism and justice and their relationship to money, fame and power. Although Wilder moved the plot to the late 20s, the atmosphere is shaped by the experiences of the 70s: Watergate , Vietnam , student revolts. The well-rehearsed actor duo Lemmon / Matthau delivered a real bravura with their delicious verbal battles, which has not lost any of its liveliness even today. "


Golden Globe Awards 1975

  • Best Film - Musical / Comedy (Nomination)
  • Best Actor - Musical / Comedy: Jack Lemmon (nomination)
  • Best Actor - Musical / Comedy: Walter Matthau (nomination)

David di Donatello Awards, Italy

DVD release

  • The extra sheet . Carol Media 2008


  • Ben Hecht , Charles MacArthur : Reporter. A piece in three acts (original title: The Front Page) . Edited for the German stage by Rudolph Lothar (not for sale stage manuscript). Felix Bloch Erben, Berlin undated

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Switching Channels in the English language Wikipedia
  2. Extrablatt (1974) in Arne Kaul's synchronous database ( Memento of the original from January 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ; Retrieved November 1, 2008 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.synchrondatenbank.de
  3. Extra sheet. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed May 3, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  4. ^ Prisma Online, accessed May 3, 2017