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Exclusive Story (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 January 1936 (USA)
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.

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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.

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This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Tuesday 11 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). It first aired in Los Angeles 23 March 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11), in San Francisco 21 February 1960 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally, in New York City 5 August 1961 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Ace Acello: [to O'Neil] I'll cut yur ears off for that, Copper!
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MGM Acting Like Warner Bros.
23 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The ace production values suggest there should be longer runtime than 70- minutes. But it's MGM, The Tiffany of Studios, so whatever their Andy Hardy proclivities, nothing's done on the cheap. The first half had me wondering why Tone had top billing since he hardly puts in an appearance. Instead, it's third-billed Irwin who gets the screen time. He's all fast- talking, high-energy crime reporter eager to get the goods on a heartless numbers racket. But the kingpins are too tough and slimy to crack. So, uptown lawyer Tone is assigned to get the goods on them, that is, if he can sober up long enough. Thus, Tone gets the movie's second half. Meanwhile, second-billed Evans bridges the halves and wins audience sympathy with a nicely modulated turn as an aggrieved daughter.

The movie's high point is likely the burning ocean liner, some of whose footage appears real life. (Thanks reviewer bkoganbing for the Morro Castle info.) Meanwhile, the medium shots on board the burning vessel are worthy of an A-production. I guess my only gripe is that we don't see more of one of the era's most intimidating actors, Robert Barrat. Here he's a kingpin but would have been better as an enforcer.

All in all, nothing special here, just a good solid slice of thick-ear, with MGM pulling a Warner Bros. to good effect.


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