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
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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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