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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
Vivienne Osborne ...
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
Oscar Apfel ...
Mr. Brooks
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Cedric Works
Purnell Pratt ...
George M. Ferguson
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Sheriff
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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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Bob Parks: I fear your local officials haven't been properly trained.
Antoinette 'Toni' Martin: What do you mean? We print all the news he gives us.
Bob Parks: Yes. But, you don't inform him what news to give you.
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
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Great ensemble film
22 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fergusen is a top Warners programmer with a great ensemble cast. Blondell and Mitchell are the nominal stars but certainly don't have the flashiest parts. Virtually all of the actors do even the smallest parts with great believability, a credit to the director. Some aspects of the newspaper game are shown as sordid as they really were but frankly, a bit overplayed for dramatic value. As with some other Warners films of the period, notably I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang made the same year, this is a hard hitting message film meant to right a social wrong. It's obviousness detracts from the overall effect but it still hits you in the gut. The final scenes are as impressive as anything the studio has ever done. Deserves to be much better known and appreciated.


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