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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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
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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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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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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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-30- great little newspaper film
28 November 2005 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I saw "-30-" on our old black and white in the 60's. It was a movie for a worthwhile popcorn and soda evening. Sure Jack Webb made movies and series that were sentimental but believable for the most part. He knew how to touch heart strings.

The story lines all come together. There's the search for the little girl lost in the LA storm drains while looking for her puppy. Lady, the reporter, whose grandson is lost in a military plane crash. The bet from Jim Bathgate that was to be delivered, but was lost, by Earl, the copy boy and wannabe reporter. Earl is a Korean War Veteran. Jim and PeggyGatlin, Jim who doesn't want to adopt a kid and Peggy who does. What will happen in each situation?

Jack Webb and William Conrad were actors of the highest degree. Louise Lorimar was a long time character actress who knew her trade. Comments were made about David Nelson's young age during this movie. I'm not sure of the importance of the issue after all he was acting. We, also, must consider the looks and ages of the young men going to war. I feel David did a fine job for his part.

I grew up watching DRAGNET with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander. Later on Harry Morgan (of M*A*S*H fame) signed on to be Jack's partner. One thing I appreciate about Jack is that in all of his movies and series many of the older character actors were used on a consistent basis. He also gave opportunity to many young stars like David Nelson and Dennis Weaver. I guess that shows that his sentimentality was real. He knew how and when to give a kid of any age a break.

Whitney Blake went on to do several acting parts in TV but will probably be remembered most for the TV series "Hazel". She starred with Don DeFoe and the great Shirley Booth (Hazel) as Dorothy Baxter, aka Mrs. B (1960-65). Sadly, Whitney passed away from cancer in 2002.


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