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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

O Caso Voorhees  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #4931-4940. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Goldberg: Sufferin' Moses, but Mr. Randall's got a lot of women!
Miss Taylor: They're goyem. Ain't you got no religion?
Arthur Goldberg: Either way you say that, I ought to change my name.
Miss Taylor: Don't do it, kid. New York's too full of Christians as it is!
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Remade as Two Against the World (1936) 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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