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18 May 1951 (USA) See more »
After failing to be re-elected, politician Blake Washburn returns home and becomes editor of the local newspaper. When he notices the influence the paper has on the public, he uses it to appeal to potential voters in the next election. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeffrey Lynn ... Blake Washburn

Donald Crisp ... John MacFarland

Marjorie Reynolds ... Janice Hunt

Alan Hale Jr. ... Slim Haskins

Marilyn Monroe ... Iris Martin
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Washburn
Melinda Plowman ... Katie Washburn

Renny McEvoy ... Taxi Driver

Glenn Tryon ... Kenlock

Byron Foulger ... Berny Miles

Griff Barnett ... Uncle Cliff
Virginia Campbell ... Phoebe Hartman

Harry Harvey ... Andy Butterworth

Nelson Leigh ... Dr. Johnson
Speck Noblitt ... Motorcycle Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Adams ... Hospital Nurse (uncredited)

John Alvin ... Jimmy (uncredited)

John Archer ... Don (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Bob MacFarland (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Stephen Chase ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)

Richard Crane ... Don (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Arriving Barbeque Room Patron (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Electric Company Worker (uncredited)
Bradford Hatton ... Police Radio Dispatcher (uncredited)

Tom Keene ... Abbott (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Mine Disaster Spectator (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Electric Company Worker (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Pedestrian Outside Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Dudley (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Barber (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Complaining Electrical Worker (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Pierson 
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Produced by
Arthur Pierson .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Louis Forbes 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot  (as Lucien Andriot)
Film Editing by
William F. Claxton  (as William Claxton)
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter  (as Claude Carpenter)
Makeup Department
Robert Littlefield .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ray Heinz .... production manager (as R. Ray Heinze)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Dixon .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Other crew
Robert Foulk .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14583) | West Germany:0

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Despite retrospectively being dubbed a "Marilyn Monroe movie" when sold on home video, Monroe only appears in the film for around four minutes total.See more »
Continuity: The calendar in the newspaper office shows a month beginning on a Wednesday, but the calendar in the police station shows a month beginning on a Monday. The second calendar is seen a day or two after the first, so one might argue it's a new month, but it is impossible for any month to begin on a Monday if the previous month began on a Wednesday.See more »
Iris Martin:I always treat men with respect so they do the same to me.
Slim Haskins:Let me know when that works!
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
For Monroe completist only, 4 October 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Average programmer to fill the bottom of a double bill with Jeffrey Lynn his usual dull blank slate in the lead. He actually gives the film's worst performance not helping the meager story in the least.

Somehow they managed to wrangle Oscar winner Donald Crisp into a brief appearance, his last on screen work for three years-of course if this was the quality of stuff being offered no wonder he took a break, he's far better than this run of the mill junk deserves.

The real interest and the only reason the film is sought out today is for the presence in the cast of Marilyn Monroe and to a much lesser extent Gilligan's Island's Skipper, Alan Hale Jr.

Marilyn very much on the way up, her billing is far more prominent than the small part she plays would rate for anyone else, would play a few more minor roles like this throughout 1951. Within the year though she would be a minor star and within two a superstar permanently moving beyond this kind of routine assignment. She looks beautiful and handles the minimal demands of her secretary role well enough but she has a total of no more than five minutes screen time.

Strictly for those who are interested in seeing all of Marilyn's work, no matter how minor.

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