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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 ...
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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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A picture as sensational as its subject!

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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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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

Miss Taylor: I think you can always get people interested in the crucifixion of a woman.
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Referenced in Casablanca (1942) See more »

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The Wearing of the Green
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Traditional Irish street ballad (1798)
Whistled by Harold Waldridge
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Despite its age, the film still is relevant today
6 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's amazing to see that the sleazy tabloids we deal with today are not that different from the one portrayed in this picture. They will do ANYTHING and sink to ANY depths to cover a story--especially if it includes sleaze, innuendo and outright lies. In this case, they resurrect an old story and destroy an innocent woman just to sell a few more papers--resulting in a horrible tragedy that was completely preventable.

Although some of the supporting cast is only fair, the lead played by Edward G. Robinson is what makes the picture. He is a pig living in the filth his readers want until he and his paper just push too far and Robinson can no longer live with himself. His rather histrionic reaction is amazing to watch--not so over the top but just full of fury and intensity. A must see little sleeper of a film.

FYI--Humphrey Bogart did a very good remake of this movie a few years later ("Two Against the World"). It's also very good but I would advise seeing the Robinson version first--after all, in most cases the original is better than the remake and this is no exception.


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