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The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)

A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson ... See full summary »

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Martin Collins
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Mrs. Marcia Ferguson
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Antoinette 'Toni' Martin
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Bruce Foster
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Bob Parks
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Perrin
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Mr. Brooks
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Cedric Works
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George M. Ferguson
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Jigger Bolton
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Rusty Callahan
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Newsboy (as George MacFarlane)
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Judd Brooks (as Leon Waycoff)
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A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson is killed. Two types of New York City journalists descend on Cornwall, one interested in facts, the other in getting sensational "news". Mrs. Ferguson is known to have been friendly with a local banker. The Fergusons quarrel the evening he is killed (by "burglers", his wife tells the police later), and she is arrested, spurred on by the "bad" journalists, who also manage to badger the banker's wife into the hospital. Meanwhile, young Bruce Foster runs the Cornwall Courier, and shows the big city reporters how to dig out real news while they attempt to subvert justice for their own ends. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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14 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Perrin: Oh, there's a smart dame! She thinks you're just a little hick court she can play leapfrog with and make you like it! She and her boyfriend Brooks are giving you the horse laugh right now!
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Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
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22 January 2016 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

Any movie that starts off with an apology is in trouble. But "The Famous Ferguson Case" opens with a long-winded credit crawl warning against newspapers that takes sides in a sensational murder case and run scare headlines. Only Tom Brown as a local reporter seems content to deal with the facts. As for the visiting journalists, they spend most of their time boozing, ribbing each other and occasionally filing stories back to New York. Joan Blondell is along for the ride as a sassy member of the band who is less than impressed with her male colleagues. Not a bad little thriller -- but not a very good one, either.


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