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Release Date:
7 February 1927 (USA) See more »
BIG NEWSPAPER AND STAGE DRAMA! (original poster- all caps) See more »
The alert atmosphere of a large-city newspaper office and its giant presses combines with the back-stage atmosphere of the theatre... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marguerite De La Motte ... Ruth Collins (as Margaret DeLaMotte)
Grant Withers ... Pat Riley
John Miljan ... Mervin Le Roy
Frank Beal ... Tom Collins
Joseph W. Girard ... Editor Williams
Billy 'Red' Jones ... Buddy Collins
Leon Holmes ... The Copyboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus Leonard ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
James P. Hogan 
Writing credits
Herbert C. Clark (story)

Herbert C. Clark (scenario)

Delos Sutherland (titles)

Cinematography by
Ray June 
Film Editing by
Edith Wakeling 
Production Management
Glenn Belt .... production manager
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... choreographer
Donn Diggins .... production assistant (as Don Diggins)
Samuel Sax .... presenter (as Sam Sax)

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USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)


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Familiar but well done!, 15 December 2013
Author: JohnHowardReid

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Just by reading the cast list on IMDb, you can see at a glance what's wrong with this movie. Of course, if you are familiar with the actors, you don't need to watch the movie at all! But even if everyone in the cast line-up seems totally unfamiliar, you will experience no trouble in sorting out every strand in the plot by the end of the first reel. So all you have to sustain you throughout the rest of the film is the charm, charisma and/or potency of the players on the screen. Fortunately, they stand that test rather well. Grant Withers makes a surprisingly charismatic hero. Marguerite De La Motte, of course is as beautiful as they come, while John Miljan's sneering impresario comes across as nastily as ever. In fact, if anything, Miljan overdoes it! Nevertheless, there are quite a few potent set pieces for the interaction of players and plot that are made more menacing by Ray June's noirish photography. As for me, I can't say that I ever lost all interest in the movie, the plot or the players, even though they seemed as familiar to me as the buttons on my overcoat. Available on a very good Grapevine DVD.

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