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The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a LonelyHearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he hits her with his fist and accidentally kills her. Later, when her body is found, he assigns his protégé reporter to the story, as a good, exploitable follow-up story to the ball. And, then, he is forced to sit back and watch while the reporter slowly tracks down the killer. Written by
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The story of a newspaper editor who kills his wife in a crime of passion who then has to watch the reporters he trained himself attempt to solve the crime, Scandal Sheet is a clever, dark noir film. Broderick Crawford gives a good performance the editor, Donna Reed is, well, Donna Reed - she doesn't extend much in her acting, and John Derek played a decent role as the intrepid reporter/protegee of Crawford.
This was a clever premise in that we find out immediately who the killer is, which forces the audience to sweat through the discovery process with Crawford. The mentor/protegee angle is strong in this film, which validates the end result. A good movie to check out on a rainy day.
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