A reporter's marriage is jeopardized by his drinking and he finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit.

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Margaret Banks (as Carol Lombard)
Louis Payne ...
Hensel
Wade Boteler ...
O'Neill
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J.W. Addison
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Joe Reno
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Officer Ryan
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District Attorney's Man Phelps
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Vera, Society Editor (as Cupid Ainsworth)
Herbert Clark ...
Pells
Gertrude Sutton ...
Helen
James Donlan ...
Deke
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Reporter Hoffman (as George Hayes)
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Clarence Wilson ...
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Steve Banks is a hard-drinking newspaper reporter. His wife Margaret, a reporter for a rival paper, threatens to divorce him if he doesn't quit the drinking that is compromising his career. Steve pursues a story about drug dealers even when his editor fires him. When the editor is murdered, Steve is accused of the killing. But Steve has an ace up his sleeve that may save him from the electric chair. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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At the end of the picture, Margaret calls the city desk to phone in the big story, but she's already in the newsroom, where the city desk ought to be. However, Margaret works for a different paper, not the one whose newsroom she is in at the time. See more »

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Big News no big deal
12 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Big News casts Robert Armstrong and Carole Lombard as a pair of reporters married to each other but working for rival papers. If you expect to see the gifted comic Lombard from such future classics as My Man Godfrey and Twentieth Century Big News will disappoint you greatly. This one is strictly the show for Armstrong.

Armstrong drives his editor Charles Sellon to distraction with his drinking and carousing and it certainly is wearing on his marriage to Lombard. But as he says speakeasies are great place to pick up stories and Armstrong has been successful.

A particular speakeasy owner Sam Hardy is the leader of a narcotics ring in their town and Armstrong has the goods on him. Hardy tries something stupid, he goes to the newspaper office and murders the editor and frames Armstrong for the crime. But naturally our intrepid reporter is too smart for Hardy.

Big News is little more than a photographed stage play and the original play was no world beater either. It never holds your interest in the way such other films like Detective Story, Dead End, Rope, or Rear Window do that are all almost exclusively on one set.

Big News is directed by Greogry LaCava who also did My Man Godfrey. Whatever he brought out in Lombard for that film stayed buried here. In fairness to Carole, she was not given much to work with.

Still it's 1929 and movies were learning to talk. Films like Big News show how much was left to learn.


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