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Park Row (1952)

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Phineas Mitchell
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
Forrest Taylor ...
Charles A. Leach
Don Orlando ...
Mr. Angelo
Neyle Morrow ...
Thomas Guest
Dick Elliott ...
Jeff Hudson
Stuart Randall ...
Mr. Spiro
Dee Pollock ...
Rusty
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Wiley
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Street of rogues... reporters... and romance!

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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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No front-page story, but a nice feature
8 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Samuel Fuller showed a certain bravado in writing and directing a ringing tribute to freedom of the press in 1952, near the height of McCarthy hysteria; we could use more like him in 2002, where the meekest mention of separation of church and state brands one as unAmerican. End of speech. Anyway, his is a lively melodrama of 1880s New York journalism, specifically the rivalry between the new, enterprising Globe and the old, corrupt Star, presided over here by a wicked dragon-lady publisher. The cast is no-name, the central romance utterly unconvincing, the history of newspapers absurdly telescoped -- you'd think everything of import in journalism happened in one week in 1886. Still, for an independent B movie, it's impressively elaborate -- the detailed, three-block Park Row set alone makes it worth a look -- and Fuller matches his publisher-protagonist for passion and ingenuity. His dramatic black-and-white cinematography, unusual camera angles, and big effects on a small budget will remind you of the journalistic stretches of "Citizen Kane," even if his dramaturgy doesn't.


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