Important News (1936)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Short  |  29 February 1936 (USA)
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A small town newspaper editor has to decide which story to headline of the front page.


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Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
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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 <>

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29 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Important News (1936)

*** (out of 4)

James Stewart has a supporting role in this MGM short. A small town editor (Charles 'Chic' Sale) must decide, which story to put on the front page of his newspaper. One story is a famous gangster being shot down in front of his eyes, which would get attention across the country. The second story is a frost warning that would only help those few people in his city that don't have a radio. This is certainly a short meant to tell a morals story and on that level it works even though one-reel doesn't give it too much time for a stronger story. The message is pretty much cut and dry but Sale gives a pretty good performance that makes the film watchable. The young Stewart, in his sixth film, also does a pretty good job and manages to get a few laughs. There's certainly nothing great or ground breaking about this film but it is fun for what it is. This was Lawrence's only film as director.

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