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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Cast

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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
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Ben Quinn
Nancy Valentine ...
Jan Price
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Hymie Shapiro
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Carl Thompson
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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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A New High in Screen Suspense! See more »

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19 December 1963 (Mexico)  »

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Deadline Midnight  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Boy
Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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Clichéd, but good
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie contains virtually every cliché about the newspaper business that can be crammed into one movie. In fact, it's so clichéd, it's campy...and that makes it better than even a clichéd Jack Webb might have imagined. William Conrad is, perhaps, the ultimate cliché as the tough city editor with, ultimately, a heart of gold (or, at least, not coal). And the press agent who shows up with the shapely model (in a fur with swimsuit underneath) is the topper. There's more, but who wants to spoil the fun (even though the overriding plot is intended to be serious). The requirement for a review is 10 lines. I could go on for 100 just listing the clichés -- and the clichéd performances -- but, again, that would take the fun out of it. Enjoy. (P.S.: Some reviewers have listed -- and continue to list -- this movie as one of the worst ever made. But many of those views have softened as time has passed -- perhaps because, as I said earlier, that it's now viewed as "campy.")


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