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6 August 1937 (USA) See more »
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Frances Farmer & Fred MacMurray team in news melodrama See more (3 total) »


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Fred MacMurray ... Ralph Houston

Frances Farmer ... Vina Swain

Charles Ruggles ... Tod Swain

Lloyd Nolan ... Charles Gillette

Fay Holden ... Mrs. Swain

Ralph Morgan ... Horace Mitchell
Edward H. Robins ... Col. Bogardus

Harlan Briggs ... Springer

Willard Robertson ... Mr. Franklin

Horace McMahon ... Beak McArdle
William Mansell ... Formby

Steve Pendleton ... Elliott

Chester Clute ... Garner

Irving Bacon ... Dr. Boomgarten
Frank Bruno ... Lollipop

James Blakeley ... Mr. Walton
Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Policewoman (uncredited)

Ricca Allen ... (uncredited)
Richard Allen ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sam Ash ... Elevator-Starter (uncredited)

Benny Bartlett ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack Chapin ... Reed (uncredited)

Jack Cheatham ... Rioter (uncredited)
Edward Churchill ... Advertising Manager (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Editor (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Tailor (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... Foreman (uncredited)

James Dime ... Rioter (uncredited)

Margaret Fealy ... Rioter (uncredited)

Almeda Fowler ... Mrs. Mitchell (uncredited)

Billy Franey ... News Vendor (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Secretary (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ... Switchman (uncredited)

Harry Hayden ... City Editor (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Janitor (uncredited)
Tex Higginson ... Rioter (uncredited)
Carol Holloway ... Rioter (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Billy Lee ... Beak's Child (uncredited)
Ann Marsters ... Reporter (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Gangster (uncredited)

Frances Morris ... Beak's Wife (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Phone Boy (uncredited)

Frank Puglia ... Johnny (uncredited)
James Quinn ... Rioter (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lou Salter ... Rioter (uncredited)
Allan Sears ... Rioter (uncredited)
Antrim Short ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ... (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Maid (uncredited)
Ray Turner ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Pat West ... Santa Claus (uncredited)

Cornel Wilde ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... (uncredited)

Charlene Wyatt ... Girl in Elevator (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
Writing credits
Jack Moffitt (screenplay) (as John C. Moffitt) &
Sidney Salkow (screenplay) and
Rian James (screenplay)

Jack Moffitt (play "The Roaring Girl") (as John C. Moffitt)

Produced by
Benjamin Glazer .... producer
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (interior decorations)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Sound Department
Louis Mesenkop .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gordon Jenkins .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Frances Farmer replaced Carole Lombard, who refused to do the part.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Frances Farmer & Fred MacMurray team in news melodrama, 26 March 2001
Author: jmk56 from USA

An interesting Paramount film from 1937 teaming a petulant Frances Farmer and low-key Fred MacMurray as quarreling lovers working for competing newspapers. Charlie Ruggles, as Farmer's father, adds equal doses of slapstick humor and poignancy. The film veers fairly wildly in tone, including jabs at yellow journalism, racketeering and the self-righteous attitudes of some press-people, while working in bits about that oft-quoted conundrum--how do you know for sure that a refrigerator's light goes out when you close the door? Farmer's character is pretty unlikeable, putting down her father, working for a gangster to spite her boyfriend, etc., but she pulls off the role with the panache typical of her early work. In the weird-but-real synchronicity department, a bit actor by the name of William (Billy) Arnold plays a reporter in the film. Farmer fans will know that another "real" reporter named William Arnold made headlines decades later with his sensationalized (and some claim fictionalized) account of Farmer's life.

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