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Slander (1957)

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Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break a big scandal to reverse a recent decline in sales. He zeroes in on children's ... See full summary »

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Scott Ethan Martin
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Connie Martin
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H.R. Manley
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mrs. Manley
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Charles Orrin Sterling
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Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break a big scandal to reverse a recent decline in sales. He zeroes in on children's entertainer Van Johnson, a decent, stand-up guy who nonetheless has a secret in his past which would most likely end his suddenly flourishing television career if found out. Johnson can save himself and his wife Ann Blyth and son from disrepute if he "trades" Cochran damaging information he has about a popular movie actress he knew while growing up in a tough neighborhood years ago. Does he save himself and let her career be sacrificed? His decision leads to tragedy. Written by q pid

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Harold J. Stone's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie is titled Slander, there is no evidence that any of the characters were actually a victim of that crime, which refers to a malicious false statement. From all evidence, all of the stories, particularly that of the hero, presented in the scandal magazine were true. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over gossip magazines coming towards the camera. When they are gone, the remaining credits are shown in a puddle of black ink. See more »

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Remake of Studio One in Hollywood: A Public Figure (1956) See more »

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Steve Cochran: Superstar
18 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well done Turner Classic Movies for showing this gem!

50 years+ old this movie,yet the story as relevant today as ever.

A magazine tycoon who loves his mother makes his success from sensational true stories which expose the truth about famous people.

The tycoon is played by someone I have never heard of until now, called Steve Cochran. What a star! This individual dominates the screen with his presence like few can. A super performance from him and the story has an excellent script.

The only problem for me is that the mother who is depicted in the film as disapproving her sons' journalistic methods; also the ending is unrealistic and over the top. Hence I have deducted one point. Otherwise a solid: 9/10.


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