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Managing Editor Sam Gatlin arrives in the afternoon and departs early the next morning, having assembled a morning newspaper for Los Angeles. During this implausibly active day in the life ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sam Gatlin
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Jim Bathgate
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Earl Collins
Whitney Blake ...
Peggy Gatlin
Louise Lorimer ...
Lady Wilson
James Bell ...
Ben Quinn
Nancy Valentine ...
Jan Price
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Hymie Shapiro
Richard Bakalyan ...
Carl Thompson
Dick Whittinghill ...
Fred Kendall
John Nolan ...
Ron Danton
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Editor
Jonathan Hole ...
Pettifog
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Chapman
Ronnie Dapo ...
Billy
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Managing Editor Sam Gatlin arrives in the afternoon and departs early the next morning, having assembled a morning newspaper for Los Angeles. During this implausibly active day in the life of a metropolitan newspaper, Sam and his wife Peggy argue about adopting a child. The reporter's grandson pilots a military plane from Honolulu to New York. A child is lost in the LA sewers (Gatlin composes a warning headline with picture: "Children Stay Out of These"). And copy boy Earl Collins considers quitting after failing to properly deliver a bet by city editor Jim Bathgate on the sex of children being born to a famous actress. Written by Paul Schindler <paul@schindler.org>

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Inch by inch a rumor grows into a roar... word by word the teletype starts ticking like a bomb... moment by moment the suspense builds headline-high to a new peak of motion picture excitement! See more »

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19 December 1963 (Mexico)  »

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The story of the girl trapped in the Los Angeles sewer was loosely based on the real life tragedy of Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, California. On 9 April 1949, the three-year-old fell down a 90-foot deep, 14-inch wide uncapped well. After 50 hours, rescuers finally reached her, but she had already died. It was one of the first televised "media events," with more than 27 hours of the rescue recorded by television cameras. History repeated itself in 1987 when Jessica McClure fell down a well in Texas, though she was brought up alive after 58 hours. See more »

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After a fledgling writer turns in a news story on her first night as a reporter, the editor sends it to be typeset without even reading it. See more »

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Carl Thompson: Now this is our art department. And this is Mr. Chapman, one of our staff artists. Mr. Chapman, this is Mr. and Mrs. Jason.
Bentley Jason: [along with his wife] How do you do, Mr. Chapman!
Carl Thompson: Would you draw something for us please, Mr. Chapman?
Chapman: [stares at Thompsons] Draw? Draw? What would you like? A dog? A cat? Or a pig with a squiggly tail? Or how about a house? I was always real big in the house department! Especially on those chimneys with the smoke cork-screwing out!
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 30 (2007) See more »

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Sung by David Nelson
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Newspaper Drama--Jack Webb Style
12 June 2000 | by (Asheville, NC USA) – See all my reviews

Webb stars as Gatlin, the night editor of an LA newspaper. Wm. Conrad is Jim Bathgate, the city editor. There are many familiar 50's-60's TV faces in this film. It's easy to overlook the over-acting. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you thinking. No chances to stop and think about what just happened too long. Webb also directed this film for his Mark VII production company. The direction is tight. I have always liked the camera movements in this film. Very fluid. Some of the side stories interweaving thru this film are almost too much to take. Louise Lorimer plays "Lady," a senior employee, and copyist whos grandson dies during a speed record attempt by the air force. Alot of time is spent on the scene where she and Gatlin talk each other down. It's a sad scene, with a sudden jump to another part of the newsroom. During the course of the evening, a little girl goes into a storm drain after her dog, the rains come, and suddenly this is the main story for the morning paper. We are shown how the pages are composed in an interesting way, and are given a very basic overview of how things were done in 1959.

We even get a look at Miss Arkansas, 1959, Donna Sue Needham, as a sexpot that the camera ogles for a minute or so...

If you've never seen this film, give it a chance. It's tight, and entertaining. Even sad in places.

Overlook the theme music.


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