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This Man Is News (1938)

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ... See full summary »




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Cast overview:
Barry K. Barnes ...
John Warwick ...
Philip Leaver ...
'Harelip' Murphy (as Phillip Leaver)
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Peter Brown
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David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon Drake an interview, as Simon thinks he will probably be killed by other gang members, but Simon makes note of his address. Simon is fired by his city editor, MacGregor, for failing to cover another assignment and the editor says he would not believe Kier's murder if reported by Simon even if it happened. Simon returns home and is persuaded by his wife Pat to have a drink or two. The tipsy Simon, as a joke, telephones Sim and tells him that Kier has just been murdered, and the excited Sim hangs up before Simon can explain it is just a joke. But Kier has really been murdered and Inspector Holly learns from Sim that Simon had telephoned him with the news at 3:10 A.M., but knows that Kier was not murdered until 4:35 A.M. The Inspector also finds a recently-fired revolver in Simon's flat, and arrests him. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He doesn't report the news...he makes it!


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Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En Kugle i Vente  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Followed by Shadows of the Underworld (1939) See more »

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Extra extra, read all about it, this man doesn't report the news...he makes it!
19 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Man Is News is directed by David MacDonald and collectively written by Basil Dearden, Roger MacDougall, and Allan MacKinion. It stars Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim,l Edward Lexy and Gary Marsh.

A news reporter finds he is the number one suspect in the murder of a grass when he drunkenly plays a practical joke on his editor. But that's actually the least of his problems, for he is being targeted by a criminal gang who think he knows more than he does.

Inspired by The Thin Man series of films that had began in 1934, This Man Is News is a brisk blend of British comedy/drama. It showcases some early work of British names in film and TV whilst not exactly being essential for fans of MacDonald (The Moonraker), Hobson (Blanche Fury/Kind Hearts and Coronets) and Sim (Folly To Be Wise/Scrooge).

It's very much in keeping with other British films made around this period, crafted without fuss and in quick time and featuring very correct pronunciation of the script. The backdrop is one of a moody city, where for many you know times are hard, while the characterisations are that of the "keep calm and carry on" variety, folk ready to laugh and quip in the face of adversity.

The mystery element remains strong throughout, ensuring our attention never wavers, while cast performances are always in tune with the material; especially Sim in a typically bluster strewn turn. Picture was popular enough to spawn a sequel, This Man In Paris (1939), where all the principal players returned, though that is also like this one, very hard to track down. 6/10

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