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The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition.



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Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ...
Mary Welch ...
Charity Hackett
Bela Kovacs ...
Ottmar Mergenthaler
Herbert Heyes ...
Josiah Davenport
Tina Pine ...
Jenny O'Rourke
George O'Hanlon ...
Steve Brodie
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Dan O'Rourke
Charles A. Leach
Don Orlando ...
Mr. Angelo
Neyle Morrow ...
Thomas Guest
Dick Elliott ...
Jeff Hudson
Stuart Randall ...
Mr. Spiro
Dee Pollock ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Wiley


In New York's 1880's newspaper district a dedicated journalist manages to set up his own paper. It is an immediate success but attracts increasing opposition from one of the bigger papers and its newspaper heiress owner. Despite the fact he rather fancies the lady the newsman perseveres with the help of the first Linotype machine, invented on his premises, while also giving a hand with getting the Statue of Liberty erected. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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12 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Shot in 14 days. See more »


Phineas Mitchell: The press is good or evil according to the character of those who direct it.
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Instead of "The End", the picture ends with "Thirty"; newspaper jargon for "that's all. There ain't no more!" See more »


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An engaging and entertaining tribute to American Journalism
19 June 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

Before becoming a B-movie specialist and one of American cinema's finest filmmakers, Sam Fuller was a journalist who once worked as a crime reporter for The New York Daily Graphic. He made his great pictures in headlines, something more akin to tabloid journalism and sensationalism. "Every newsman is a potential filmmaker", Fuller once said and explicitly used it in "Park Row", an intensely personal work in which he financed with his own money but unfortunately failed miserably when it came out.

"Park Row" is small but an engaging and entertaining tribute to American journalism. Under the opening credits we see a huge rolling title that lists about 2,000 American daily newspapers and this story is dedicated to them.

Set in the 1880s New York, the film is about the rivalry between The Globe and The Star. An aspiring newspaper editor (Gene Evans) sets up his own daily The Globe after a man jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge. He struggles to compete with his former employer's (Mary Welch) newspaper The Star, who happens to be in love with him, while the Statue of Liberty is being donated to the U.S. by France.

Unlike Fuller's bleak and lurid "Shock Corridor", "Park Row" is full of reverential optimism and is packed with so much gusto and excitement, featuring some terrific tracking shots that will make your head spin.

Highly recommended.

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