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Director:
Writers:
Jerome Weidman (written by)
Harry W. Junkin (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
18 January 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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(2 articles)
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Curious period piece about heyday of "scandal sheets" See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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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 »
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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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Curious period piece about heyday of "scandal sheets", 15 December 2000
Author: bmacv from Western New York

A curious period piece not without interest, Slander was made in the heyday of guttersnipe periodicals like "Confidential," that ruined show-biz careers and blackmailed victims into spilling dirt on bigger prey. Steve Cochran portrays the oily gossip publisher, a bachelor with a strangely solicitous relationship with his alcoholic mother (Marjorie Rambeau). In trying to dig up the goods on a beloved Broadway star, he zeros in on Van Johnson as a boyhood pal, a third-rate puppeteer who has finally got his big break in the new medium of television. Alas, the puppeteer once served four years in the hoosegow for armed robbery, despite the fact that he's now a devoted family man with wife (Ann Blyth) and son (Richard Eyer) in tow. Van Johnson refuses to knuckle under to the blackmail demands, and much melodrama ensues. Today, with a no-holds-barred press with almost non-existent restraints when it comes to public figures, Slander looks a bit quaint. But in the 50s, these tactics -- which probably wouldn't have been tolerated except for the parallel phenomenon of McCarthyism -- were seen as a deadly threat to the studios and their stars. Scandal, made at MGM under Dory Schary, is Hollywood's overwrought (and none too good) response. The following year, Alexander Mackendrick's chillingly dark Sweet Smell of Success (with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis)trod much the same ground in a far more memorable way.

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