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Star Reporter (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 February 1939 (USA)
John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Wallis Clark ...
District Attorney William Burnette
Clay Clement ...
Joe Draper / Charles Benton
Mrs. Julia Randolph
Gordon, Newspaper Editor
Eddie Kane ...
Sam Grey
William Ruhl ...
Police Investigator Lane
Effie Anderson ...
Molly, D.A.'s Secretary
Reporter Wilkins
Monte Collins ...
Reporter Hogan (as Monty Collins)
Denis Tankard ...
Mason, Burnette's Butler (as Dennis Tankard)


John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting politicians out of town. District Attorney William Burnette (Wallis Clark), father of Barbara Burnette (Marsha Hunt) who John loves, learns that John's father (unknown to John) is a criminal they are seeking. He refuses to prosecute him and John, not knowing the real reason, turns against Burnette and tries to run him out of office. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amor de un periodista  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 15 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television audiences got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 22 December 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Detroit Friday 15 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »

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Reporter as crime fighter, again
30 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

A lot of plot for 62 minutes in this fast paced little entry in the "newspaper vs. mob" genre. Various characters on both sides of the law harbor secret (and not-so-secret) motives, hidden relationships, and the good old-fashioned grudges that D.A.s, gangsters, and newspaper reporters bounce back and forth among themselves. Along with all that are the two women in the story--fiancée and mother, each with her own concerns.

At the center of it all, Warren Hull is not bad in the title role, though perhaps the most interesting thing about his character is how long it takes him to discover a basic fact of the plot that several other characters--both on his side and working against him--are keeping from him!

Is it a lot to keep track of? Um, not particularly, since the plot moves along too fast for us to get too wrapped in the whole situation. But then, we don't have time to get bored either. Which is kind of what we expect from a B movie with a title like Star Reporter, right?

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