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Headline Shooter (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 28 July 1933 (USA)
The adventures of a wayward newsreel cameraman.



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Mallory
Hal Caldwell
Ricci (as Jack LaRue)
Hermie Gottlieb
Radio Announcer
Miss Saunders
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Betty Kane - Miss Grand Rapids
Adolphus G. Crocker
Ruby - Burnett's Moll


Roguish, cynical newsreel cameraman Bill Allen usually has a dame in one hand and a hip flask in the other, yet catches breaking stories and disasters of all sorts on film. When he meets newspaper columnist Jane Mallory, mutual attraction results; but she's too smart to fall for him (or is she?) unless he reforms (but does she really want him to?). Includes exciting stock footage of fire, flood and earthquake. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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28 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Evidence in Camera  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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The earthquake footage is from the Long Beach (CA) earthquake of 1933. See more »


Jane Mallory: Got 400 wires to send to anxious relatives.
Bill Allen: What are they anxious about?
Jane Mallory: You wouldn't understand. The only thing you can get through that skull of yours is something you can photograph.
Bill Allen: You know what the Chinaman said: One picture's worth ten thousand words.
Jane Mallory: Yeah, well, that's because no one can read what a Chinaman writes.
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His Girl Friday not so original
21 August 2011 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Seven years before Howard Hawks had the idea to do "The Front Page" with a woman as a reporter, practically the same idea crops up in this fast-paced pre-code look at journalism. William Gargan is good in the Grant role (Lee Tracy at that time would have been better), a cynical semi-corrupt newsreel reporter, and Frances Dee is wide-eyed and acceptable but she'll make you miss Rosalind Russell. At least you have Ralph Bellamy in the Ralph Bellamy role. Gargan and Dee trade quips and try to outfox each other on the way to the inevitable conclusion. Some nice pre-code elements: Gargan tells Dee about a girl he knew that had a cold and she instantly snaps back, "yeah, I know, she kept you up all night." Wallace Ford plays his role as Gargan's drunken friend at full-stagger and there's lots of illicit booze ("that bottle cost me $50!" proclaims Gargan's boss and Bellamy calms his wife with "a taste of moon".) Nice shading on the usual black-and-white of our heroes as Gargan causes a suicide and Dee tricks a woman into a possibly lethal confession. The criminals also seem entertaining even as they remain dangerous. With a better, more "A" cast, this film could have been very, very good. And don't miss Robert Benchley in a fine comic cameo providing a radio commentary for a beauty pageant.

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