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The Final Extra (1927)

The alert atmosphere of a large-city newspaper office and its giant presses combines with the back-stage atmosphere of the theatre, set against the sinister shadow of a bootleg gang and the... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Ruth Collins (as Margaret DeLaMotte)
Pat Riley
Frank Beal ...
Tom Collins
Editor Williams
Billy 'Red' Jones ...
Buddy Collins
Leon Holmes ...
The Copyboy


The alert atmosphere of a large-city newspaper office and its giant presses combines with the back-stage atmosphere of the theatre, set against the sinister shadow of a bootleg gang and the glitter of a big musical comedy "first night" in a whirlwind of dramatic action. A hot-shot newspaper reporter and a Broadway show-girl provide the romance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BIG NEWSPAPER AND STAGE DRAMA! (original poster- all caps) See more »


Action | Crime | Romance






Release Date:

7 February 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Misterioso  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gorgeous Marguerite De La Motte
7 August 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Grant Withers had many jobs before he started in films - even a used car salesman where, maybe, he got his brash confidence that came through in his early film years. This is quite an early one and he has the male lead opposite the beautiful Marguerite De La Motte. After appearing in "The Mark of Zorro" she was taken under the wing by Doug and Mary and also having the reputation of being a great beauty didn't hurt her career. "The Final Extra" combined those two essential 1920's themes - back stage drama with the power of the press. Being a silent movie didn't stop studios from exploring the emotive world of Broadway's bright lights.

Pat Riley (Withers) may have been big on the Harvard football field but on the Daily Tribune he is "Cholly Meadowbrook" - King of the "pink tea and society" pages. He is desperate to have a go at cracking "The Shadow" story - a mysterious, elusive Mr. Big who is boss of the rum runners, but he is still happy to take on the assignment of reviewing the new Gaiety Show, literally falling head over heels for promising chorus girl Ruth Collins (Motte). Pat finds out that Ruth's dad is Tom Collins, legendary Tribune reporter who is so close to breaking the racketeering story. He is gunned down on his birthday but as Ruth mourns there is someone else around to help her pick up the pieces - it is dapper Broadway producer and man about town, Mervin Le Roy(really interesting - almost the same name as a later director) (John Miljan) who dazzles her with his understanding and patronage. When Pat, now back on the social columns, is sent to cover an event at Le Roy's country house, he is shocked to find Ruth dancing at this questionable party!!

Motte had trained as a dancer, apparently under Anna Pavlova and her dancing in this was graceful and skilled, also helped by the choreography of Larry Ceballos who would become famous for some sparkling routines from early talkie musicals. It is a pretty nifty film where chorus cuties hob nob with the underworld - as the other reviewer states, it's not hard to figure out who the elusive "Shadow" is, even though the director goes to great lengths to make sure he is filmed only in shadowy silhouette. There is plenty of fighting action as Withers has two big fisticuff scenes. In fact the only thing standing in the way of this being 1st class is the pretty shoddy print.

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