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Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play)
Samuel Fuller (story)
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Release Date:
28 January 1943 (USA) See more »
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DVD: Review:The Samuel Fuller Collection
 (From The AV Club. 27 October 2009, 10:01 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Guy Kibbee ... Ulysses Bradford

Lee Tracy ... Griff Thompson
Gloria Dickson ... Edwina Stephens

Otto Kruger ... Howard Rankin

Victor Jory ... Oscar Trent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Beddoe ... Pringle (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Process Server (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Douglas Leavitt ... Whiffle (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Man on Dais (uncredited)

Larry Parks ... Jerry Purvis (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Mack Gibbons (uncredited)
Minor Watson ... John Cleveland Carter (uncredited)
Rex Williams ... Chris Barker (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Tony Angelo (uncredited)

Directed by
Lew Landers 
Writing credits
Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play) (as Robert D. Andrews)

Samuel Fuller (story) (as Sam Fuller)

Produced by
Leon Barsha .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John Stumar 
Film Editing by
Mel Thorsen 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Art Department
Paul Murphy .... associate art director
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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USA:64 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The first film in which writer Samuel Fuller uses the character name "Griff". In many of his subsequent films as a writer and director, Fuller would have a character with the first or last name Griff.See more »


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The Freedom Of The Press To Twist The Truth Into A Pretzel, 25 November 2014
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

You know, it sure seems that the more films I see from the 1930s & 40s, the more I'm becoming convinced that this so-called "Golden Age" of movies was, in fact, not as "golden" as some people would like to imagine it to be.

Yes. I'll agree that there were certainly some real gems from that particular era of film-making - But, what I'm beginning to discover is that for every precious gem that is so fondly remembered, there remains a literal quarry full of nothing but ordinary stones and pebbles that would best be ground up into gravel.

In other words - The mediocre & forgettable b-movies of those days of yesteryear definitely out-number the gold by, at least, 10 to 1. I ain't kidding here.

Power Of The Press was, in its own way, something of a dramatic social commentary. Its story concerned the political machinery behind honest, fair-minded news-reporting, as opposed to the denial of freedom of speech through selling the gullible public narrow-minded bias and manipulative propaganda.

Unfortunately, this rather run-of-the-mill picture lacked conviction and a substantial enough bite to its seemingly dire message.

I suppose that a lot of this picture's mediocrity could be rightfully blamed on the "Hayes Code" (which was in full-force at the time). This vicious, self-righteous censor board trampled on hundreds of well-meaning movies from this era and, pretty much, reduced them to their pitiful toothless state.

Power Of The Press (which had a running time of only 64 minutes) was directed by Lew Landers who churned out dozens of low-budget movies throughout the 1930s & 40s.

Landers died in 1962 at the age of 61.

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