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Jerome Weidman (written by)
Harry W. Junkin (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
18 January 1957 (USA) See more »
Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Strictly B but entertaining See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Van Johnson ... Scott Ethan Martin

Ann Blyth ... Connie Martin
Steve Cochran ... H.R. Manley
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Manley
Richard Eyer ... Joey Martin

Harold J. Stone ... Seth Jackson
Philip Coolidge ... Homer Crowley

Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Doyle
Lewis Martin ... Charles Orrin Sterling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm Atterbury ... Byron (uncredited)
Theona Bryant ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Robert Burton ... Harry Walsh (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Elsie (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Allen J. 'Frank' Frederick (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Bill King--Magazine Staffer (uncredited)
Paul Engle ... Boy (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)

Dean Jones ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Paul Keast ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
John Milton Kennedy ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Herb Goodman (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Frank Grover (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ann Morriss ... Miss Turner (uncredited)
Erik Nielsen ... Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Pagett ... Boy (uncredited)
Christian Pasques ... Boy (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Marion Gregg (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Willis (uncredited)
Charles Webster ... Cereal Company Executive (uncredited)
Patricia Winters ... Bit Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy Rowland 
Writing credits
Jerome Weidman (written by)

Harry W. Junkin (based on a story by)

Produced by
Armand Deutsch .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Harold J. Marzorati (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
Jasper Russel (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Mary Bashe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Swain .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Doris McCoig .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Cleo Moore .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Shafton .... puppeteer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Harold J. Stone's movie debut.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Strictly B but entertaining, 9 November 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

A tabloid magazine threatens to ruin a television performer's career in "Slander," a 1956 film starring Van Johnson, Steve Cochran, Ann Blyth and Marjorie Rambeau.

Well, first of all, it should have been called "Libel" which refers to the printed word; slander refers to the spoken. You'd think after years of dealing with both, someone at MGM would have known the difference.

Steve Cochran plays the head of this trash magazine, a type of periodical nowadays so common one doesn't even blink. In the film, his magazine was the pioneer, probably modeled after the real-life "Confidential." As in the film, a host of me-toos followed - in the '50s, this included "Whisper" and "Quick" magazines. These mags released Rory Calhoun's criminal record, accused Lisabeth Scott of using the services of call girls, that sort of thing. Something about the black and white format of the early tabloids made them even sleazier than "The Enquirer" types today, which deal mostly with gossip, hospital records sold to them by the hospital staff, and outing of celebrities. Eventually celebrities fought back by breaking their news first on talk shows.

H.R. Manley (Cochran) believes that everybody has some dirt in their past, and he's after a huge female film star. He knows that a children's TV performer, Scott Martin (Johnson) grew up with her and knows about a problem in her past. He finds out that Martin himself spent four years in prison for armed robbery and intends to print that story and ruin his career if Martin doesn't tell him what happened to his childhood friend. Does he save himself and let her career be sacrificed? His decision leads to tragedy.

Cochran is cold as ice as Manley and handsome in a George Clooney-Tyrone Power kind of way. His facial expression never changes, nor does his smooth voice. He's a man with a dead soul. His mother, played by Marjorie Rambeau, is against what he does to make a living. Rambeau, a favorite actress of mine, is excellent. Van Johnson and Ann Blyth are the Martins; Blyth is really more suited for society women - she's very pretty and also not the warmest person to stand before a camera. But she does a good job, as does Johnson, who is very well cast as a family man and children's entertainer.

The story is dramatized in a somewhat extreme way. It will definitely hold your interest, though the ending could have been better.

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