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Sued for Libel (1939)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  27 October 1939 (USA)
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The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ...
Linda Hayes ...
Maggie Shane
Lilian Bond ...
Mrs. Muriel Webster
Morgan Conway ...
Albert Pomeroy
Richard Lane ...
Smiley Dugan
Roger Pryor ...
District Attorney Willard Corbin
Thurston Hall ...
David Hastings
Emory Parnell ...
Jerome Walsh
Roy Gordon ...
Colonel Jasper White
Chang Howe
Edward Earle ...
Judge Samuel Clark
Vinton Hayworth ...
Dr. James L. Bailer (as Jack Arnold)
Leona Roberts ...
Mrs. Trent


The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, owned by the Evening Bulletin, Steve Lonegan waits for a flash from Smiley Dugan so he can broadcast the verdict---But Dugan leaves and asks reporter Maggie Dugan to tip him off it something happens...and something happens when the jury comes in unexpectedly,and this jury comes in with a "Not Guilty" verdict. But fun-loving Maggie, as a gag, phones Smiley and tells him Pomeroy was found guilty, and unreliable Smiley relays this false information to Lonegan who tells a waiting world that Pomeroy was found guilty, signs off the air, locks up the station and goes home...and leaves the station wide open for a million-dollar libel suit. Lonegan and Colonel White decide that the only out from paying Pomeroy a million bucks in a libel-suit is to dig up something on Pomeroy that will force him to drop the ... Written by Les Adams <>

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27 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Difamación  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.33 : 1
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Steve Lonegan: Colonel, a man never lived who didn't do something he wouldn't want in a newspaper. I'm going back into Pomeroy's private life. I'll get something on him, even if it's nothing worse than a blonde. And when I do, I'll threaten to plaster it over that front page unless he withdraws that suit.
Colonel Jasper White: But, Steve, that's blackmail!
Steve Lonegan: Sure it is. Do you mind?
Colonel Jasper White: I love it.
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Opening credits are shown on pieces of paper being read over by someone, with the reader's hands included in the frame. See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played by the radio station band for the wedding re-enactment
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What did Orson think?!?
8 April 2008 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific RKO B, directed by sure-footed Leslie Goodwins. Aside from excellent performances (including one of Richard Lane's best as a REALLY fast-talking reporter), this picture has an ace radio dramatist who happens to dabble in magic on the side. Hmmmm...remind you of anybody?? Kent Taylor even shaved off his moustache to further pull off the Welles masquerade. A cute nod to the very popular Mercury Players, who were popular on CBS in 1939. The funny part is that Taylor works for a powerful publisher! Paging Mr. Hearst. Paging Mr. Kane. Talk about shades of things to come. Anyway, all that aside it's a fairly clever mystery and a great chance to see OLD DARK HOUSE's Lillian Bond go totally off her nut. And Thurston Hall has a wonderfully comic bit in the first reel. This is pure B-fluff, but if you enjoy great contract players doing their thing as they can only do it, you'll have fun with SUED FOR LIBEL.

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