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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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Jane Morgan
Bobby Jordan ...
Mickey Fallon
Alan Baxter ...
Joe Fallon
William B. Davidson ...
Scotty
Morgan Conway ...
Lou Baronette
Clay Clement ...
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Det. Mendall
Addison Richards ...
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Pierre Watkin ...
Barton
Joe King ...
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Douglas Wood ...
J.W.
Armand Kaliz ...
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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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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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