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

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14 March 1952 (USA)  »

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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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Jim Cleary: A journalist makes himself the hero of the story. A reporter is only a witness.
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Mood Indigo
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard (uncredited)
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"That's the Press Baby...and There is Nothing You can Do About It"
10 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Timeless story of journalism and its role in our daily lives and the implications and necessity of a free press. This film actually addresses some of the reasons that tabloids are a viable and necessary part of our culture.

But of course the emphasis here is on the need for a balance and the fate of our society if we allow the lowest common denominator to determine or blot out the truly uncorrupted, unbiased reporting of events. The uninformed populace cannot make wise decisions on the things that govern their lives. The foundation of our forefathers intent.

This film is supremely realistic in its setting and the professionals who populate the newspaper. You can almost smell the pulp and feel the ink stain your consciousness. One of the best of the newspaper movies that has dated very little despite our modern incarnations of media formats.


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