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Five Star Final (1931)

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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results.

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Nancy 'Voorhees' Townsend
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Kitty Carmody
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Isopod
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Miss Taylor
Oscar Apfel ...
Hinchecliffe
Purnell Pratt ...
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Robert Elliott ...
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Storyline

Hinchcliffe, the ruthless publisher of a sleazy New York tabloid, is concerned that the ethical journalistic policies of City Editor Randall have caused a drop in circulation. He pressures the newsman to run more sensational stories including resurrecting the twenty year old Vorhees Murder Case. Although the perpetrator's actions were ultimately judged justifiable, and she has been subsequently living an exemplary life in anonymity, Hunchcliffe insists Randall revisit the story. Randall assigns Isopod, an alcoholic degenerate, to dig up anything lurid that he find. The unprincipled reporter fraudulently insinuates himself into the Vorhees' home masquerading as a minister and gets the expose he sought. Yellow journalism triumphs, and a decent woman's name gets dragged through the mud again... with tragic consequences. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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26 September 1931 (USA)  »

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O Caso Voorhees  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play "Five Star Final" by Louis Weitzenkorn opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 30 December 1930 and closed in June 1931 after 175 performances. The opening night cast included Arthur Byron as Randall, Berton Churchill as Hinchecliffe , Frances Fuller as Jenny Townsend and Allen Jenkins as Ziggie Feinstein. See more »

Quotes

Joseph W. Randall: I've been here three hours and not a member of my staff's been here. No wonder the paper is rotten. We need more drunkards.
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Referenced in Casablanca (1942) See more »

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One More Time
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Played on the phonograph
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A Super film!

This early pre-code really packs a wallop, Even today. All performances are top notch, and Robinson is his usual genius. Luckily, this film pops up on Turner Classic Movies now and then, so be sure not to miss. Ona Munson plays plays a prostitute, 8 years before she played a Madame in GONE WITH THE WIND!


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