Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.



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Young reporter accidentially kills his newspaper's editor in a fight over the publisher's mistress, who is also the paper's society editor.

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27 May 1931 (USA)  »

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Monta Bell in top form
18 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

SYNOPSIS: Everyone but the new cub reporter is well aware that the New York newspaper's super-ritzy, chain-smoking fashion editor is also the mistress of the newspaper's super-wealthy publisher, even though said publisher is married and has a grown-up daughter. Needless to say, the cub falls for the lady and so bitterly resents the publisher's attempt to break up this alliance that he …

COMMENT: A once highly regarded studio chief administrator, screenwriter, producer, director, Monta Bell did all things well. This superbly produced, cleverly directed and hard-hitting comedy/drama is typical of his approach. Not only has Bell drawn magnificent performances from his cast (Genevieve Tobin's portrait is absolutely unforgettable, while Lew Ayres, almost right at the start of his 154 acting credits, was never better. In fact he was rarely even a quarter as persuasive as he is here) but Bell fills in the background – whether it be high-life, low-life or somewhere in between – with relish. Maybe the comedy relief with Frank McHugh is slightly overdone, but it does serve as a neat conclusion. The other actors are all perfect, particularly Purnell Pratt as the jealous publisher, and Frederick Burt as the over-worked city editor. Burt was a Broadway stage actor who made only a few films. As IMDb points out, he was billed third in "The Cavalier" (1902). I can add that he was also one of the leads in "Minick" (1924) in which he starred with O.P. Heggie, Phyllis Povah and Antoinette Perry! Although the play ran only 154 performances at the Booth, it was purchased by Warner Brothers and eventually emerged as "The Expert" (1932), and was then remade in 1939 as "No Place to Go".

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