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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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Die Maske runter  »

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In order to get the feel of what it would be like to work for real newspaper, Bogart hung out at the city room of the New York Daily News. See more »

Goofs

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

Alice Garrison Courtney: [Margaret Garrison announces she's buying back the family newspaper] What changed your mind?
Margaret Garrison: Have you seen today's paper? And yesterday's? Loyalty changed my mind. A principle evidently lacking in today's generation.
Katherine Garrison Geary: You haven't got the money to buy the paper.
Margaret Garrison: I'll get it.
Alice Garrison Courtney: You're crazy.
Margaret Garrison: No, just ashamed. Ashamed for me, for you and for your father. I'm not going to let this paper die. If that makes me crazy, I'm good and crazy.
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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

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Mood Indigo
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard (uncredited)
Played on radio at Herman Schmidt's apartment
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Simply the best
26 January 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Bob Greene of the Chicago Tribune has called this the best journalism movie ever made. He is absolutely right.

If you are interested in art movies, see Citizen Kane. If you are interested in screwball comedy, check out His Girl Friday. If it's history you're after, watch All the Presidents Men. If you want to see a classic journalism movie, rent one of the multiple versions of The Front Page.

But if you want to see a movie that actually shows you what life is like inside a newsroom, how reporters work together to get a story, and how "the story" is not always about the big expose but sometimes just about getting the little details right, this is your movie.

You can also watch Ron Howard's The Paper, but it's a pale imitation of this movie.

Unfortunately, this movie is not available on video or DVD. Keep an eye on American Movie Classics or one of the other cable channels, though, since it is regularly featured.


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