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Behind the News (1940)

 |  Drama  |  20 December 1940 (USA)
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It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer, places Jeff with Stu Woodrow a lazying reporter. Stu detests cubs, treating Jeff ... See full summary »

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Doris Davenport ...
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Robert Armstrong ...
Vic Archer
Paul Harvey ...
Dist. Atty. Hardin S. Kelly
Charles Halton ...
Neil Saunders
Eddie Conrad ...
Enrico
Harry Tyler ...
Monroe
Dick Elliott ...
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Archie Twitchell ...
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Veda Ann Borg ...
Bessie
Milton Parsons ...
Eddie
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It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer, places Jeff with Stu Woodrow a lazying reporter. Stu detests cubs, treating Jeff badly. Jeff saves a drunken Stu's job by covering the convicted racketeer, Houseman's escape from prison. Jeff goes to Houseman's sister for a scoop he witnesses the murder of Houseman and an innocent young child. Stu grateful to Jeff thinks Jeff is to decent to be a reporter, sends Jeff on a fake story. Resulting in Jeff being demoted by an angry Archer. On his own, Jeff goes to the court house to see the trail of Marques, accused of Houseman's murder. Jeff, who speaks Spanish, hears the translater, Olmeda falsely state that Marques confesses to the killing. Jeff tells Archer that he has a story. The problem is that nobody believes him due to the fake story. Written by Kelly

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Routine B film re journalism, cynicism, idealism

The plot outline on this site is quite detailed and accurate and explains the first 45 minutes. The last half hour involves, you guessed it, the turnaround of the cynical reporter and his efforts to see that justice prevails in the coverup murder case.

This is a typical Republic film with everything quite competent but with nothing rising above that station. All the players do well and it is entertaining, although made on a shoestring budget. The Sound Recording earned an Oscar nom but it was a routine job, nothing extraordinary about it. This was the forties and all studios could submit a film in the sound categories (sound, song, score, scoring) and be assured of an instant nomination - deserved or not. Republic always tried and always failed to pick up an Oscar.

This is an EXTREMELY rare film with copies only existing within the UCLA archives in states of incompleteness or decomposition and not available on video. I viewed a tape made from a television broadcast - KDOC-TV in Anaheim, CA, Channel 56. They may have other rarities in their archives.

All in all, entertaining but never rises above the formulaic.


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