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MacArthur, Charles

(1895–1956) playwright, screenwriter, movie director; born in Scranton, Pa. (husband of Helen Hayes, father of James MacArthur). After working as a reporter, he collaborated with Ben Hecht on the classic newspaper play, Front Page (1928), and then on Twentieth Century (1932), both Broadway hits. He went on to write, alone or in collaboration, several other popular plays and screenplays, usually sophisticated comedies. He codirected several movies with Hecht.
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Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur gleefully satirized the lax values and loose morals of that era in their 1928 comedy classic, "The Front Page.
The other major winner, tying with Dissocia, was Colossal from Olney Theatre Center, with four awards: for Christopher Baine's sound design, Ben Cunis and Christopher D'Amboise's choreography, Will Davis's direction, and playwright Andrew Hinderaker, who won the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding original new play or musical.
While news competition in Chicago today isn't anything like it was when Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur lampooned it in their 1928 play "The Front Page," there appears to still be intrigue on the business side.
A smooth-talking newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter - and ex-wife - from remarrying in the Fred Crafts' Radio Redux production of this oft-filmed comedy classic from the typewriters of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.
Evisceration was the preferred form of humor by the likes (or rather, dislikes) of Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Sherwood, Heywood Broun, Charles MacArthur, George Kaufman and Tallulah Bankhead, among others.
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Born in Los Angeles, James Gordon MacArthur was the adopted son of Helen Hayes, an actress who was dubbed the first lady of the American theatre, and Charles MacArthur, a playwright and screenwriter who co-wrote the play The Front Page.
Originally a successful play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and adapted for the big screen first in 1931, then here and finally in 1988's Switching Channels, The Front Page is a great piece for actors, although Wilder's re-writes alongside IAL Diamond don't quite work in this version.
James Edward Moir MacArthur has made a bid to be officially recognised as chief of the Clan Arthur after his ancestry was traced back to the last chief, Charles MacArthur, who died in the 1780s.
Like many journalists before and after him, Charles MacArthur (who also co-wrote the immortal play "The Front Page" with Ben Hecht) retained his sense of humor to the end.
Also on that list is Charles MacArthur, who, along with Ben Heeht, wrote the Broadway play "The Front Page" based on his experience as a City News reporter.
His play The Front Page (1928), written with Charles MacArthur, influenced the public's idea of the newspaper world and the newspaperman's idea of himself.