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Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be dying, but she, who has never traveled the world, was going to use the money paid to her by her factory to go to New York in style. She believes her dreams can still be realized when Wally Cook arrives in town. He is a New York reporter with the Morning Star newspaper. He believes that Hazel's valiant struggle concerning her impending death is just the type of story he needs to resurrect his name within reporting circles after a recent story he wrote led to scandal and a major demotion at the newspaper. He proposes to take Hazel to New York both to report on her story but also to provide her with a grand farewell to life. She accepts. Wally's story results in Hazel becoming the toast of New York. In spending time together, Wally and Hazel fall in love. Hazel not only has to figure out what to do ... Written by
The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 23 October 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Althogh, prior to a 1948 telecast of this film, some historians contend that theatrical films were broadcast on TV uncut from beginning to end without commercial breaks, on a Sunday night in 1948, just prior to a telecasting of a hockey match from Madison Square Garden that would have ended the broadcasting day at 11 p.m., this film was shown without opening credits and was interrupted by a single 60-second commercial. According to an article by film historian Don Miller in the August-September 1961 issue of "Films in Review," this marked the first time a motion picture was telecast with a commercial break, but this information has since been proved dubious. In Los Angeles, this film was first telecast Sunday 19 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5); all these early broadcasts were, of course, in B&W. See more »
Dr. Enoch Downer:
[Speaking to Wally Cook]
You're a newspaperman. I can smell 'em. I've always been able to smell 'em. Excuse me while I open the window?
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Each of the stars' names are shown on a title card set beside a plaster caricature. The rest of the cast have caricatures alongside their names in the credits. See more »
William Wellman was really a helluva director. Anyone that can do a movie like this, and make "The Ox-Bow Incident" too, must have been born to direct.
Coming in at a breezy 75 minutes, "Nothing Sacred" is still very funny on several levels, for several different reasons. Plot does not matter as much as execution, and how you deliver a line matters more than the line itself.
Frederic March and Carole Lombard are perfect, and the supporting cast is just as good, especially the actor who played 'Oliver Stone', March's frustrated boss.
Wellman does unconventional things like make the actors faces be hidden by a tree branch, practically unheard of in that day and age. But the fact of the matter is, that sometimes people are not perfectly framed in life, so maybe they shouldn't be in the movies - at least not as a rule. The first time you get a good look at Lombard, she has shaving cream on her face from kissing a man who is shaving - also not the normal star-moment you might expect.
Just terrific. 9/10.
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