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 »

Director:

Writers:

, (based on a story by)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Richard Todd, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge
The Hard Way (1943)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Embittered, ambitious Helen Sherman sees an opportunity to escape her drab small-town life by becoming a 'stage mother' to her musically-talented younger sister.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan
Adventure (1945)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sea-going roustabout falls for meek librarian.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

Director: Edwin H. Knopf
Stars: Greer Garson, Michael Wilding, Fernando Lamas
Mystery | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Bruce, Constance Collier
Desire Me (1947)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Shortly after WWII, flashbacks tell the story of Marise, her husband Paul, and Jean, who was imprisoned with Paul in a German camp. While attempting to escape from the camp Paul is shot, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Conway, George Cukor, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum, Richard Hart
Mystery | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An astute businesswoman is completely devoted to her faithless husband, who must kill her to carry on with her pretty young niece. It turns out that the dead don't die so easily.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Gary Merrill, Jane Merrow, Georgina Cookson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

She plays a female doctor who plans to introduce modern techniques of medicine to old Santa Fe in 1880, but is opposed by an established doctor.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Greer Garson, Dana Andrews, Cameron Mitchell
Ann Vickers (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Walter Huston, Conrad Nagel
Swamp Water (1941)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

Directors: Jean Renoir, Irving Pichel
Stars: Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Scott Ethan Martin
...
Connie Martin
...
H.R. Manley
...
Mrs. Manley
...
Joey Martin
...
Seth Jackson
...
Homer Crowley
...
Mrs. Doyle
Lewis Martin ...
Charles Orrin Sterling
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 January 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Public Figure  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Puppets in movie were designed and operated (except in long shots) by Bil and Cora Baird, who were also responsible for the very similar-looking puppets in The Lonely Goatherd number in The Sound Of Music. 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 »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


16 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Steve Cochran peterduray-bito
Should be called Libel Polly_Sigh
Discuss Slander (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?