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The Back Page (1934)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  June 1934 (USA)
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Peggy Shannon plays a young female reporter who is fired from a big city newspaper, then decides to take over a troubled small town newsppaer. She encounters difficulties with small town ... See full summary »

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Peggy Shannon plays a young female reporter who is fired from a big city newspaper, then decides to take over a troubled small town newsppaer. She encounters difficulties with small town politics, getting advertisers to help keep the paper afloat, and issues with 1930's feminism in the resistance she receives from the town's residents in her abilities to run the newspaper. An insightful story of a woman's determination to succeed in an era long before the women's rights movement. Written by Anonymous

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Surprisingly Strong Second Feature
8 September 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A very good second feature about a young woman, fired from her big-city newspaper job, who takes over a small town paper and makes a go of it. If you are used to seeing precode movies from big studios with large budgets, you may have issues with the barebone values of this production, but it is worth a look, if only to see if you will enjoy this sort of socially responsible movie.

The strong script includes some real insight into the problems of getting advertisers, small town politics and 1930s feminism. Unhappily, Peggy Shannon, in the lead role, is not up to the part and Sterling Holloway has an obnoxious comedy part, but the rest of the cast is excellent and the issues raised will not be totally alien to the modern viewer.


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