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-30- (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 December 1963 (Mexico)
A managing editor of a LA newspaper must put together headlines for the next day in a way that'll attract the potential readers, deal with hectic going-ons at the workplace and have a serious talk with his wife about her wish to adopt.

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Director: Jack Webb
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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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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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Billy: [little boy comes into Gatlin's office and stops by the edge of his desk] Is Mrs. Gatlin in here?
[pause]
Billy: What's all that noise?
[pause]
Billy: Is Mrs. Gatlin here, sir?
Sam Gatlin: Come here to me, son.
Billy: [boy walks over to Gatlin, who picks him up and stands him on top of the desk so they stand eye to eye] Sir, what's that noise?
Sam Gatlin: Don't you know what that is?
[boy shakes his head]
Sam Gatlin: They're printing the funny papers.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 30 (2007) See more »

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Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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Surprising in its depth...
27 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a night in a newsroom at a big city newspaper. It stars Jack Webb as the boss, William Conrad and a whole host of other folks. There are a could of surprises--with Howard McNear (Floyd from "The Andy Griffith Show") and David Nelson ("Ozzie and Harriett") in small parts. All of them work very well together and "-30-" is a surprisingly good film. While it's not nearly as cynical and hard-hitting as "Five Star Final" (also remade as "Two Against the World"), it is a dandy little film--and one that might surprise you. Surprising because it was produced and directed by Jack Webb--and has Webb in the lead actually plays a surprisingly vulnerable guy. This is not the tough as nails guy he played in "The D.I." or Joe Friday from "Dragnet" (though Friday could, on rare occasions, show a bit of heart). This guy is cynical but also a guy who is hurting--and Webb was able to do a surprisingly good performance in this complex role. Now the film at first does not appear to have a lot of depth--just a lot of hard-boiled stereotypical newspaper folks. But, as the film progresses, various tragedies occur--bringing some humanity to these folks who seemed cold as ice.

Overall, a very compelling film--particularly the last half hour. Very well written, a bit schmaltzy (in a good way) and never the least bit dull, this is a heck of a good film that is all but forgotten today. And, the same can be made for Webb's other films. If he hadn't been so successful on TV, you wonder what other film projects he might have made.


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