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Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

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Ed Hutcheson
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Margaret Garrison
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Nora Hutcheson
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Frank Allen
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George Burrows
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Harry Thompson
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Tomas Rienzi
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Herman Schmidt
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Katherine Garrison Geary
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Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker ...
Alice Garrison Courtney
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Jim Cleary
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Ed Hutcheson, tough editor of the New York 'Day', finds that the late owner's heirs are selling the crusading paper to a strictly commercial rival. At first he sees impending unemployment as an opportunity to win back his estranged wife Nora. But when a reporter, pursuing a lead on racketeer Rienzi, is badly beaten, Hutcheson is stung into a full fledged crusade against the gangster, hoping Rienzi can be tied to a woman's murder...in the 3 issues before the end of 'The Day.' Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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20th Century-Fox savagely turns the spotlight of truth on revenge killings that shocked a nation !

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23 June 1952 (UK)  »

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Trivia

During the first day of shooting, star Humphrey Bogart admitted to friend and writer/director Richard Brooks that he had been drinking until late in the morning, and had not learned his lines. Earlier in the day, while he had being difficult on the set and resistant to saying his lines (ones he never knew) veteran Ethel Barrymore pushed him to just get on with it, by explaining that 'The Swiss have no navy'. In other words, like actors, they are powerless. See more »

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As Rienzi's car drives off after picking up Hutcheson, a large studio light is reflected against the side window of the car. See more »

Quotes

Ed Hutcheson: The heirs and the lawyers are up in the dome right now waiting to explain the nature of the crime with facts, figures and falsehoods. One more F and they won't be drafted.
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Mood Indigo
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Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard
Played on radio at Herman Schmidt's apartment
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Bulldog Edition
3 October 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Richard Brooks' gets a pleasingly weary, stubborn performance by Humphrey Bogart as a big city newspaper editor who is under fire for several different reasons, from at least as many directions, and yet never loses his cool. If anything, the events of the film strengthen his resolve and beef up his already formidable sense of journalistic integrity, which is what the movie is all about. This is a satisfying, unremarkable film directed and written by a man who knew whereof he wrote and directed. Aside from Bogart there is good work from among others Kim Hunter, Paul Stewart, Jim Backus, Martin Gabel and Bill Bouchey. Director-writer Brooks lovingly explores the interior of the building that houses the newspaper, from press room to boardroom. We get a sense of a city within a city, and also of men and women under pressure, doing the best they can. As the story unfolds the building becomes something like a castle under siege, and the relationships between the characters, whether major or minor, become precious to us, as the sense of community within the newspaper's staff becomes increasing apparent, and we are impressed by this unique fraternity of newspapermen, who in the end come to seem like an order of knights in the troubled urban jungle.


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