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A Dispatch from Reuter's (1940)

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Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns his small company into Europe's most respected news wire service.

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Julius Reuter
Edna Best ...
Ida Magnus
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Max Wagner
Albert Bassermann ...
Franz Geller (as Albert Basserman)
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Otto Bauer
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Dr. Magnus
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Sir Randolph Persham
Montagu Love ...
Delane
James Stephenson ...
Carew
Walter Kingsford ...
David Bruce ...
Bruce
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Reuter as a Boy
Billy Dawson ...
Max Wagner as a Boy
Richard Nichols ...
Herbert - Age 5
Lumsden Hare ...
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Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns his small company into Europe's most respected news wire service. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

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19 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Ein Mann mit Phantasie  »

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Trivia

Pat Flaherty, listed in studio records playing a sailor, was not seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Sir Randolph Persham: You could always retire.
Julius Reuter: What - and stagnate into senility?
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1861)
Variations in the score when Lincoln is assassinated
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12 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dispatch from Reuter's, A (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Minor bio-pic from Warner features Edward G. Robinson as Paul Julius Reuter, the man who started off with pigeons and then building Europe's fastest news wire service. The late 30's and early 40's were full of biography movies and this one here is somewhat entertaining but there's just not enough here to make it really worth seeing. I know a few things about Reuter's life that wasn't included in this film and I can only guess that the subject wouldn't have interested folks in 1940. With that said, I'm really not sure what Jack Warner himself would have found so interesting about the story actually filmed. The main story has Reuter trying to stay ahead of other people and a big finale about his report on the Lincoln assassination and whether or not it's true. There really never is any drama that builds from any of the situations, although I will admit the stuff with the pigeons was pretty good. The film covers a wide range of years but the time itself never seems to move in the film. Not for a second did I believe I was watching something taking place in the 1820's and this really takes away from the atmosphere that should have been created. Robinson turns in a fairly good performance but I did expect more from him. He fits the role quite well but not once did I feel too much passion coming from him. Edna Best serves as the wife but doesn't really add too much. Eddie Albert does the best work of the cast with Gene Lockhart, Otto Kruger, James Stephenson and Nigel Bruce rounding out the supporting players. Child star Dickie Moore has a brief part in the film. I'm sure a good movie might be made with this story but sadly it's not this one.


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