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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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Trivia

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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" Yes . . . and Capone was in the Insurance business"
1 August 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The idea of being a real live reporter or for that matter, a newspaper editor never crossed the mind of Humphrey Bogart who plays Ed Hutcheson. Yet when you watch this film, he is so superb, you'd think he's done it all his life. This is the story of ' The Day ' perhaps the finest newspaper on the East coast. It's 1,500 people who daily work for it, produce top notch news stories and none more poignant than it current interest, the life of suspected criminal, Thomas Renzi. A man so powerful, he believes himself untouchable. Although a congressional investigation and a state probe could not prove anything in the way of illegal criminal dealings, few are courageous enough to challenge him. That is until, Renzi's mobsters ambush and nearly kill one George Burrows, (Warren Stevens) an investigative reporter for The Day. That's when Hutcheson and his staff, which includes, editorial Assistant Frank Allen (Ed Begley) decides to scrutinize and put Renzi's life on the front page. The gangster and the editor both have power, but which will win out makes for a tense dramatic movie. Set in the 1950's, this black and white film will inspire many a journalist to set their sights to be as great as the day. ****


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