Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Ed Hutcheson
Margaret Garrison
Nora Hutcheson
Frank Allen
George Burrows
Harry Thompson
Tomas Rienzi
Joe De Santis ...
Herman Schmidt
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Katherine Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie ...
Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker ...
Alice Garrison Courtney
Jim Cleary


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 the 3 issues before the end of 'The Day.' Written by Rod Crawford <>

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


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

14 March 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Newspaper Story  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this film, chain smoker Bogart is never seen smoking. See more »


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 »


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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Featured in The Lies of the Victors (2014) See more »


Mood Indigo
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard (uncredited)
Played on radio at Herman Schmidt's apartment
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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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