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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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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)
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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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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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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:
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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fine Drama, 15 December 2000
Author: Eric Chapman (caspar_h@yahoo.com) from Pittsburgh, PA

I heartily concur with the first posted comment. Far from being "superficial" as Leonard Maltin's review describes it; "Slander" is a smart, straightforward drama, well acted by all the leads and expertly crafted by veteran director Roy Rowland.

Steve Cochran, generally an inarticulate brute in films, here 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 family 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.

The movie chronicles this moral dilemma in a balanced, intelligent way, methodically laying the emotional and intellectual groundwork for the difficult choices the major characters end up making. It's one of those nifty little flicks that reminds one of some efficient piece of machinery - no wasted motion.

Cochran once again is excellent. His technique is exceptional, unerring. He's got this guy, a bullying, insecure poser, down. Watch the scene in the restaurant where he finds out that he's being bumped from a TV talk show due to a fellow guest's refusal to appear on the same program with him. Just before the steely resignation and the business-like thirst for payback, he's hurt, like a little boy who finds out he hasn't made first team. Johnson and Blyth are appealing as the devoted husband and wife, as is the child actor Richard Eyer, who plays their son.

But special mention has to go to the great Marjorie Rambeau, sort of a Susan Sarandon type in her younger days, here she plays Cochran's weary, alcoholic, deeply ashamed mother. Her impossibly large, sad, soulful eyes aptly foreshadow the tragedies that follow.

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