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      Five Star Final

      Released Sep 26, 1931 1h 29m Crime Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 79% Audience Score 250+ Ratings To increase newsstand sales, "New York Evening Gazette" managing editor Joseph Randall (Edward G. Robinson) is pushed to revive a 20-year-old murder case involving Nancy Voorhees (Frances Starr), who shot the father of her child for his infidelity. Nancy is now married and happily planning the marriage of her daughter, Jenny (Marian Marsh). Randall sends unscrupulous reporter T. Vernon Isopod (Boris Karloff) inside to get the scoop, but publishing the story has disastrous consequences. Read More Read Less

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      Variety Staff Variety Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times This production races along without a desultory instant. Rated: 4/5 Jun 24, 2006 Full Review TV Guide This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s. Rated: 3/4 Jan 31, 2012 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances. Rated: 5/5 Apr 28, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Mervyn LeRoy's expose of greedy tabloid journalism was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but is not as compelling as the similarly-themed The Front Page, though Edward G. Robinson is good. Rated: C+ Feb 21, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mark B Once you get past the speech patterns -- did people ever really talk like this, outside of the movies? I wonder... - it's not a bad story. Robinson waits for the entire film before he finally gets to chew the scenery, and it's worth it. (#452 in my "watch all Best Picture Nominees" bucket list) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review acsdoug D I'm usually not a big fan of movies about newspapers and I liked this one quite a bit. Yes, some of the dialogue and the acting appear dated, but the story is interesting and the production is well done. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Louisa E This wasn't too bad. I like Edward G. Robinson's acting style. The last part was so impactful to me and the performance of H.B. Warner. I wish we had more backstory on the Townsend's to make it a bit more powerful but it the theme came over loud and clear. Still a problem to this day. 7.2/10. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Any film that explores the dark side of journalism should be applauded. It was a very well done and powerful film. Well made, well written, and strongly acted. Anybody that loves Robinson, Karloff, and LeRoy will be happy. This was a relevant subject at the time and is relevant now. Some acting is patchy. Nancy is a dull character and Starr has very little warmth. Occasionally it's a little corny but those moments are seldom. It's stylishly filmed and has good atmosphere and grit. The decision not to use music was good and there was some clever use of sound effects, the sound of machines being almost eerie. LeRoy allows the drama to remain gripping throughout the film and the film is leanly and intelligently scripted. Moreover the story is absorbing. What is shown here is very disarming and honest with the film being quite uncompromising which helps make it more powerful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member For an very old film it was decent. Some of it was hard to hear and since it was so old no subtitles which was frustrating with the NY accents and what not. The script and some of the acting is very dated. However, the message of the film was good and still perhaps even more relevant today. Instead of the newspapers, which have largely died out today we have the internet spreading gossip and news in split seconds. The media has no bounds today and everything can be twisted for political or financial gain regardless how it ruins ppl's lives, especially with cancel culture. You can become famous in 20 seconds with a viral video but just as fast be torn apart with cancel culture. I wish this film would be remade today. I'm guilty of liking some trashy entertainment just as much as the next person as a guilty pleasure, but there is a point where it goes too far and the line is getting thinner and thinner as everyone's lived become more exposed with social media today. I enjoyed the main character's tick too with OCD and the symbolism it carried, reminded me of Macbeth. Worth a viewing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review steve d It still works really well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis To increase newsstand sales, "New York Evening Gazette" managing editor Joseph Randall (Edward G. Robinson) is pushed to revive a 20-year-old murder case involving Nancy Voorhees (Frances Starr), who shot the father of her child for his infidelity. Nancy is now married and happily planning the marriage of her daughter, Jenny (Marian Marsh). Randall sends unscrupulous reporter T. Vernon Isopod (Boris Karloff) inside to get the scoop, but publishing the story has disastrous consequences.
      Director
      Mervyn LeRoy
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      First National Pictures
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 26, 1931, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 18, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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