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
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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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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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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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Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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Sentimentalised but engrossing look at newspaper office...
10 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Keyed by a powerhouse performance of pre-Cannon William Conrad as a caustic, irascible but heart-in-the-right-place (of course ) sub-editor, and a will they/won't they save a little boy breaking story,Jack Webb takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to get a newspaper out. It's a bit sentimentalised at times, but engrossing , and I remember the film with great affection. It also gave a small role to Whitney Blake as editor Webbs' wife. I noticed her, and looked out for her after that, but to no avail.


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