Exclusive Story is a 1936 American drama film directed by George B. Seitz and written by Michael Fessier. The film stars Franchot Tone, Madge Evans, Stuart Erwin, Joseph Calleia, Robert Barrat and J. Farrell MacDonald.
New York gangster Riley Ferguson shoots a henchman who tried to double-cross him in a Los Angeles jewel robbery, and Ramirez offers him a hideout until things quiet down, as the jewels are ... See full summary »
Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to ... See full summary »
Darryl Zanuck had intended this as a Will Rogers project but it was reassigned to Irvin S. Cobb after Rogers' death in a plane crash in 1935. The story has all the folksy elements of a Rogers film and is very enjoyable, but unfortunately Cobb can't rise to the Rogers charm. Cobb, an odd-looking man, was also a journalist and had appeared with Rogers in "Steamboat Round the Bend" so he was a natural choice for the part. He plays a grumpy, but very successful businessman who holds a grudge against his main competitor, who is also a former friend. When the friend dies suddenly, Cobb investigates the competing company and finds that his friend's son and daughter have been wasting all their money and are in danger of losing the company to some conniving executives. He does his best to straighten out the profligate kids and nurtures a romance between his son and the competitor's daughter. "Everybody's Old Man" did not match the box office success of any Will Rogers movies and Cobb only did one more "B" picture for Fox. An interesting sidebar is that Zanuck had produced "The Working Man" starring George Arliss for his previous boss, Jack Warner, in 1933, which was based on the same original story.
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