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12 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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Keefe Brasselle ... Mike Perrivale

Sally Forrest ... Richie Loomis

Lionel Barrymore ... Hugo Trimble

Lewis Stone ... Josh

J. Carrol Naish ... Frankie Scarbine

Larry Keating ... Stambaugh

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Loomis
Warner Anderson ... Roy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Margaret Trimble

Michael Ansara ... Floyd
John Morgan ... Al
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Alden ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sylvia Andrew ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
James Base ... Scarbine's Henchman (uncredited)
Genevieve Bell ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Joan Blake ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)

Mari Blanchard ... Eloise (uncredited)
Phil Bloom ... Scarbine's Henchman (uncredited)
Janice Carroll ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Mayor Ducat (uncredited)
Jeanne Dante ... Ella Stambaugh (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Hugo's Doctor (uncredited)
Harvey B. Dunn ... Grand Jury Clerk (uncredited)
Betty Erbes ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Chairwoman of Garden Club (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Sumner Getchell ... Eddie (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Mike's Doctor (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Grand Jury Member (uncredited)
Nikki Juston ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Grand Jury Member (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Grand Jury Member (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Dick Moore (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Second Cop at Fire (uncredited)
David March ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Grand Jury Member (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Fireman (uncredited)

Rhea Mitchell ... Stambaugh Maid (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... Mrs. Small (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Arriving Man at Club Africa (uncredited)
Thomas Murray ... Cop (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Club Africa (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Intern (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Cass - Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Cop (uncredited)
Betsy Stoddard ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)
Helen Winston ... Operator (uncredited)
Phyllis Woodward ... Garden Club Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Weis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samson Raphaelson  play "A Rose Is Not a Rose"
Charles Schnee 

Produced by
Henry Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp 
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein 
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Arthur Lonergan 
Set Decoration by
Alfred E. Spencer 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Josh:[to Mike] Why don'tcha go and see your girl? Let her tell ya how wonderful you are. That's what girls are for... partly.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A bit heavy handed and overly sentimental, 22 March 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Keefe Brasselle of all people stars in this film. His character, Mike Perrivale is an eager young reporter who is tired of handling dull stories. However, even when he is given more meaty stories, he's surprised to see that his editor (Larry Keating) is afraid to attack the real problem in the town--the mob boss, Frankie Scarbine (J. Carroll Naish). Mike becomes even more frustrated when he goes to visit a dying old teacher, Mr. Trimble (Lionel Barrymore)--a man who taught Mike and many others about good government and the like. So, to make Trimble's last days more pleasant, he arranges for a fake newspaper to be released just to Trimble announcing the investigation of Scarbine. However, Trimble sees through what's next for Mike? Is he willing to put his life on the line to get the goods on Scarbine?

This film suffers from being way too sentimental and lacks realism. Everyone seems so earnest--unrealistically so. The film is poorly written and you could understand how this film didn't make Brasselle a household name.

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