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The Story on Page One (1959)

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When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
Judge Edgar Neilsen
Sanford Meisner ...
Phil Stanley
Robert Burton ...
District Attorney Nordeau
Lt. Mike Morris
Katherine Squire ...
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Judge Carey
Myrna Fahey ...
Leo Penn ...
Morrie Goetz
Sheridan Comerate ...
Ofcr. Francis Morris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (voice) (archive footage)


When Jo Morris' marriage turned sour and heartless, she found sympathy and companionship with widower Larry Ellis. After Jo's husband is accidentally killed in a struggle over a gun with Larry, the adulterous couple find themselves on trial for their lives, with their lawyers fighting the pair's reluctance to turn against each other. Written by scgary66

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Release Date:

December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sensation auf Seite 1  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Marilyn Monroe was the first choice for the lead. See more »


While Mrs. Ellis is on the stand, she can be also be clearly seen in the court room audience. See more »


Mrs. Ellis: What did the judge say, son?
Larry Ellis: He wished me well.
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The Minstrel Boy
Music from the Irish air "The Moreen"
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The illicit affair and the trial it spawned.
31 August 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Clifford Odets possibly only foray into courtroom drama is a most successful one as evidenced by The Story on Page One.

Anthony Franciosa, (many MST fans will remember him as being the star of the 80's ABC series The Finder of Lost Loves) stars at what first seems to be a similar character to Paul Newman's in The Verdict, a drunk, down on his luck, lawyer getting the case of his career that will either make or break him.

But Odets subverts our initial belief as the story actually focuses on the illicit love affair/murder, whose participants include the ever, great character actor Gig Young and Rita Hayworth, the Lady from Shanghai herself, only to deceptively lull the audience into the intimate details of the backstory, seeing how the bored wife could easily be enticed to look outside of her marriage for the love she sorely needs, and the emotionally scarred CPA who could provide that love.

At the 45 minute mark we get the whole sordid affair in triplicate and one wonders why Odets decided to relate the story in such in way but as the rest of the film plays out at the trial, we see he shrewdly grounded the defendants' sympathies in our hearts whereby every setback and revelation resonates as much for us as for the protagonists.

Coming out in the same year that the topical, yet ultimately sloppily made Anatomy of the Murder, The Story on Page One manages to trump the former just from sheer acting chutzpah and deliberate yet intelligent pacing.

Another facet I found fascinating was Odets use of natural, everyday faces to populate this meller. From the middle-aged insurance seller with his hearing aid, to Katherine Squire's craggy teeth, one sees this is a story that could possibly be culled from a newspaper, relating the plight of the ugly, common man and not some glamorpuss Hollywoodized actor playing him.

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