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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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Complete credited cast:
Julius Reuter
Edna Best ...
Ida Magnus
Max Wagner
Albert Bassermann ...
Franz Geller (as Albert Basserman)
Otto Bauer
Dr. Magnus
Sir Randolph Persham
Montagu Love ...
James Stephenson ...
Walter Kingsford ...
David Bruce ...
Reuter as a Boy
Billy Dawson ...
Max Wagner as a Boy
Richard Nichols ...
Herbert - Age 5
Lumsden Hare ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

19 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann mit Phantasie  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pat Flaherty, listed in studio records playing a sailor, was not seen in the movie. See more »


Sir Randolph Persham: You could always retire.
Julius Reuter: What - and stagnate into senility?
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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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fictionalized bio of Paul Julius Reuter
17 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson was a most interesting movie star in classic film history. Like Bogart, James Cagney, and Spencer Tracy, he was a character actor who became a leading man. That didn't and doesn't happen to many actors or actresses. Robinson could do anything - he could be mean, pathetic, a blowhard, a loser, hilarious, whatever the role called for. Along with his Warners colleague, Paul Muni, he did his share of biopics. "A Dispatch from Reuters" from 1940 is one.

Robinson plays Julius Reuter. Since this film is really about the news agency he founded, much of Reuter's life is left out. Of interest, he was a German Jew who moved to London and ultimately converted to Christianity (before marrying Ida, who was a Christian), taking the first name of Paul. He also became a naturalized British citizen and was named a Baron by Queen Victoria. He had three sons, and the last member of the Reuter family, the widow of one of his grandsons, died in 2009.

Anyway, to get back to the film - there was some dramatic license taken, but the basic story is accurate. Reuter did start out with carrier pigeons, and the film does follow the evolution of the agency accurately as far as his news beating the ships, etc.

Edward G. Robinson is excellent as Julius, and though it's unclear how much of a struggle the real Reuter had in getting clients, Robinson shows determination and ambition throughout the film. I have to agree with one of the reviewers on this site who thought the Eddie Albert character was too lazy to have continued to be employed. Albert is good, though, as is the rest of the cast -- Albert Basserman, Edna Best, Gene Lockhart, Nigel Bruce, Otto Kruger, and Montagu Love.

Entertaining film.

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