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Off the Record (1939)

 -  Drama  -  21 January 1939 (USA)
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Blondell and O'Brien star as newspaper reporters who inadvertently send Jordan to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket the boy was a spotter for. ... See full summary »

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Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
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Jane Morgan
Bobby Jordan ...
Mickey Fallon
Alan Baxter ...
Joe Fallon
William B. Davidson ...
Scotty
Morgan Conway ...
Lou Baronette
Clay Clement ...
Jaeggers
Selmer Jackson ...
Det. Mendall
Addison Richards ...
Brand
Pierre Watkin ...
Barton
Joe King ...
Brown
Douglas Wood ...
J.W.
Armand Kaliz ...
Chatteau
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Moroni Olsen ...
Juvenal Court Judge
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Blondell and O'Brien star as newspaper reporters who inadvertently send Jordan to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket the boy was a spotter for. Guilt-ridden, Blondell convinces O'Brien that they should marry in order to adopt Jordan and get him out of reform school. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Fora do Expediente  »

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So smoothly efficient and likable, it has a nonchalant way of charming the viewer...
4 April 2014 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien, as a New York City newspaperman who is cajoled into marriage (yet doesn't mind) and basically taken for a chump (but shrugs it off), is such a wonderful screen actor that even a simplistic scenario like this one slides right off his back. An exposé on gambling, written by fast-talking newspaper reporter Joan Blondell, sends a tough teenage punk to reform school; she feels guilty and asks a co-worker to marry her in order to adopt the kid and give him a second chance at life. Despite the large cast of screenwriters and story-originators who are credited with work on this project, it's a pleasant-enough picture, nimbly mixing hard-shelled sentiment with gangster prose within an amusingly dry newspaper milieu. O'Brien and Blondell are an easy match and, though the plot isn't convincing for a second, the picture succeeds as a friendly urban fairy tale. "Off the Record" isn't off-the-cuff, but it's definitely on-the-square. *** from ****


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