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Is My Face Red? (1932)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 June 1932 (USA)
Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a ... See full summary »

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William Poster
Jill Esmond ...
Mildred Huntington
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Ed Maloney
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Bee - Poster's Secretary
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Morning Gazette Telephone Operator
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Horatio
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Tony Mugatti
Fletcher Norton ...
Angelo Spinello
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Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a showgirl. When Bill sees Tony stab Angelo Spinelli to death in a speak easy, he puts it front page of the Gazette. But on the night that he goes out with heiress Mildred, he slips the diamond that came from Peggy's finger on Mildred's finger and announces his engagement - while tattling about her friends in his column. This gets him in dutch with Mildred and Peggy. At the same time, the cops cannot find Tony, but Tony is looking for Poster to thank him for the publicity. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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You'll love and hate Mrs. Poster's little boy Will'yum...and walk out of the theater chirping (original ad)

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed
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(RCA Photophone System)

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Another great newspaper yarn!
21 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

With a title like Is My Face Red? I was expecting a comedy – a romantic comedy – but this is actually a newspaper yarn and the emphasis is on crime rather than comedy, thrills rather than romance. This is not to say that the feminine side of the equation is inadequately represented in Red. In fact, there are no less than three young women tied up with the movie's central character, William Poster (played by Ricardo Cortez), including the lovely Jill Esmond and Arline Judge as well as Helen Twelvetrees. (I always though "Twelvetrees" was a weird name to choose for a screen career, but it was in fact her real, married name). Ricardo Cortez is perfect as the stop-at-nothing newspaper columnist, although it's Sidney Toler whom most viewers will focus upon simply because both scriptwriters Casey Robinson and Ben Markson and most especially director William A. Seiter go out of their way to draw him to our attention. He even merits a very extended (and very effective) close-up – rare for an actor who doesn't even figure in the main credit titles. Incidentally, I always thought Seiter was a journeyman director at best, but in point of fact he seems to have gone out of his way to direct at least one really outstanding movie a year. Like John Ford, Seiter is one of the very few really top-of- the class silent movie directors who not only successfully made the transition to sound, but actually did better! Is My Face Red? with its actionful long take in Poster's office and a startlingly effective if brief use of a first-person camera on the steamer is obviously his 1932 choice. Available on an excellent Warner Archive DVD.


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