A tough, female reporter tries to get a story on the head of a crime syndicate and when the new police commissioner is murdered, she tries to get the evidence she needs for her story by getting in with the mobsters right-hand man.

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Sam 'Brad' Bradshaw
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Ann Woodman
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Neil Selby
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Sid Malvern
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Patsy King
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Freddie
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Dan Cameron - Reporter
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Police Lieutenant Daniels
Bertha Mann ...
Jane Conroy
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A tough, female reporter tries to get a story on the head of a crime syndicate and when the new police commissioner is murdered, she tries to get the evidence she needs for her story by getting in with the mobsters right-hand man.

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12 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Determination  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mae Gets The Scoop
10 July 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Pat O'Brien was first brought to Hollywood for The Front Page it was because he'd been seen in a production of it on Broadway. But he wound up playing the reporter instead of the editor which is the part O'Brien did on stage. Maybe to make amends, Harry Cohn cast Pat O'Brien as the editor in this film which has a lot of the elements of The Front Page or more accurately the Howard Hawks classic remake of His Girl Friday in it.

The Hildy Johnson role is played by Mae Clarke who a year before was James Cagney's favorite punching bag. Mae proves in this one that her head can be used for a lot more than receiving grapefruits on the chin. With a little snooping that Lois Lane or Brenda Starr can be proud of she whose job was in jeopardy with O'Brien gets a real good scoop on the identity of the murderer of a prominent civic leader and she's doing an investigation all on her own.

All this of course to impress O'Brien both professionally and physically which of course Mae does. Final Edition with Warner Brothers regulars O'Brien and Clarke in the leads moves at a clip more like a product from that urban studio. O'Brien is good, but the film clearly belongs to Mae Clarke.


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