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Unholy Partners (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | November 1941 (USA)
A tough, ambitious newspaperman starts a new tabloid in 1919 New York, with a crooked big-time gambler as a partner.

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Cast

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Bruce Corey
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Merrill Lambert
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Miss 'Croney' Cronin
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Gail Fenton
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Thomas 'Tommy' Jarvis - an alias of Tommy Jarrett
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Michael Z. 'Mike' Reynolds
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Peck - Managing Editor
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Clyde Fenton
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Phil Kaper - Attorney
Joe Downing ...
Jerry - Henchman (as Joseph Downing)
Clyde Fillmore ...
Jason Grant
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Col. Mason
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Georgie Pelotti
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Charles Cane ...
Insp. Brody (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Newspaperman Bruce Corey returns from World War I with new ideas and wants to start his own tabloid. For want of other financing, he takes on as silent partner Merrill Lambert, gangland gambling kingpin. Thus is born the New York Mercury. Though its standards are not of the cleanest, Corey does fight to keep his paper's voice independent of Lambert. The two men's clash reaches a climax just as unsuspecting young reporter Tommy becomes Lambert's rival for lovely Gail Fenton. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Suprema Cartada  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $300,000 Bruce says he needs to start his newspaper would equate to almost $4.2M in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Bruce goes to the race track and is viewing the race through binoculars, there is a shot from behind him. It is oddly and blatantly obvious he is looking at a rear screen projection as the camera is panning on the projection and Bruce is sitting still. See more »

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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

It All Depends on You
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Played at the party
Lyrics spoken by William T. Orr
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"You don't care whose face you kick on your way up the ladder."
20 October 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson plays a newspaperman who comes home from World War I with a plan to launch a tabloid newspaper. The problem is he can't find financial backing from any reputable businessmen, so he gets it from racketeer Edward Arnold. Which is fine, at first, until Robinson starts running stories that tick Arnold off.

Enjoyable crime drama from MGM with solid turns from the two Edwards playing characters that aren't so nice. Kind of funny that the protagonist in this is less likable than the villain!. They always tried to give Eddie G. young love interests and in this one it's Laraine Day, who wasn't even born when WWI ended. She's fine but miscast as one could never see her being into Robinson and, frankly, she's at least a decade younger than she should have been. Really I'm not sure why it was necessary to set the film in the post-WWI years, especially when they don't try very hard to capture that era. Many of the hairstyles and clothing are of the 1940s not 1920s. The movie also features a banal "young lovers" subplot. William T. Orr plays the guy and he is nothing special. Lovely Marsha Hunt plays the girl and she gets to sing, which is nice, but other than that also nothing special. Despite some issues, there's no way a movie starring Edward G. Robinson and Edward Arnold could be a total misfire. The movie is most interesting when these two are on screen together. Give it a look for the Eddies.


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