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Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 March 1952 (USA)
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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
Joe De Santis ...
Herman Schmidt
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Katherine Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie ...
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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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 »

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Ed Hutcheson: It's not enough any more to give 'em just news. They want comics, contests, puzzles. They want to know how to bake a cake, win friends, and influence the future. Ergo, horoscopes, tips on the horses, interpretation of dreams so they can win on the numbers lottery. And, if they accidentally stumble on the first page... news!
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Mood Indigo
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard (uncredited)
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surprisingly timely
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very good movie about The Day, a newspaper publishing its last editions, and its aggressive attack on a known mobster. Humphrey Bogart does an excellent job as the editor, and Ethel Barrymore gives a wonderful, regal performance as the widow of the publisher, whose daughters are now demanding that the paper be sold to a competitor.

The film brings up, a mere 53 years ago, issues that are relevant today

  • the tabloids versus real, factual news, and the meaning of a free


press. These debates continue today, but unfortunately, it seems that the tabloid type of journalism is winning. As for a free press - our press might be freer than many, but it isn't entirely free. As anyone who lost money in the great savings and loan scandal can tell you, important stories disappear from the front pages all the time.

Bogart's strong performance is the engine that keeps this film going, and there's a nice performance by Kim Hunter as his ex-wife. Deadline USA reminds us of the good old days, when you could believe what you read in the New York Times.


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