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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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Complete credited cast:
Bruce Corey
Merrill Lambert
Miss 'Croney' Cronin
Gail Fenton
Thomas 'Tommy' Jarvis - an alias of Tommy Jarrett
Michael Z. 'Mike' Reynolds
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Peck - managing editor
Charles Dingle ...
Clyde Fenton
Phil Kaper - attorney
Joe Downing ...
Jerry - henchman (as Joseph Downing)
Clyde Fillmore ...
Jason Grant
Col. Mason
Georgie Pelotti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Cane ...
Insp. Brody (scenes deleted)


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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November 1941 (USA)  »

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A Suprema Cartada  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening scene of the movies shows a newspaper headline "Whole City Out to Welcome A.E.F." The AEF was The American Expeditionary Forces, what the United States Armed Forces sent to Europe in World War I - a combination of the Army and the Marines to fight in France alongside French and British allied forces in the last year of the war, against Imperial German forces. See more »


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


After You've Gone
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Sung by Marsha Hunt
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Perfect display of America's transformation to gritty tabloid newspapers during the early 20th century.
18 May 2002 | by (The Bronx) – See all my reviews

This movie was a great reinactment of how newspapers changed their formats from pure journalism to sensationalism just after World War I. Edward G. Robinson, in one of his best unknown roles, starts his own N.Y. tabloid by becoming partners with a gangster who finances everything. The paper crusades against the underworld and soon enough the unholy partners are at conflict. A superp film that gives a better insight of the early newspaper business than "Citizen Kane"(Not saying its better than the Orsen Welles classic).Definatly a high recomendation; insight, drama, love, and guns.

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