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When a well-known gangster is killed in a small town, the local newspaper editor must decide whether the story is important enough to his readers to put it on the front page. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
Comedian Chic Sale who specialized in playing small town rustics was the star of this short subject from MGM. It's only of interest because of the appearance of James Stewart as Sale's assistant.
Chic is the owner/editor of a small town newspaper along the lines of William Allen White's Emporia Gazette. In a small town they've got a different idea of what's important news. So even when a notorious gangster is gunned down in their small town streets, Sale just goes business as usual and takes a ribbing for it.
Of course there's an upshot to all of this which I won't reveal, but Sale's none the worst for wear for all the ribbing he took.
Stewart barely registers a blip in this short film. My guess is he hadn't made much of an impact yet and Louis B. Mayer did like to keep his players working.
Important News is an important piece of Hollywood trivia, that's all.
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