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
Charles Dingle ...
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
Don Costello ...
Georgie Pelotti
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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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 »

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

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Whispering
Music by John Schonberger
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6 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is not perfect, but it is gritty enough to be real, in the style that is more in keeping with films of the later 40s. The two Edwards play well off each other, and it is a shame that they didn't make more films together. Although it was not a strong film for the female cast, it did give Laraine Day and Marsha Hunt some scope to show they were more than the dolly-birds that many directors took them to be. Call me superstitious, but three of the main cast were born in 1917 and all 3 lived to 2002, with the two lasses still going strong. Perhaps it is a sign that the director chose some strong actors to make this film hum along effectively. As to its portrayal of the paper business, it is highly contemporary in its grasp of how media men prefer to make the news than report it. The very fact that Miss Hunt and her husband, Robert Presnell were allegedly blacklisted for their communist (for this read, Liberal) sympathies in the 1950s is an ironical grasp of the power of the press over any idea of truth or talent over power and influence. Mervyn LeRoy remains an icon of morally strong, but unsentimental film-making in what is often a candy-coated world. 9 Stars.


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