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The Crucial Test (1911)

Channing was a reporter from the ground up; a writer who could catch the public and hold it, but after he had been sent down to Santiago by his paper, he failed to send in the startling ... See full summary »

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Charles Channing - a Discharged Reporter
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J.R. Keating, Star Reporter
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The Managing Editor
Richard Ridgely ...
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Charles Sutton ...
The Captain of the Tug
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Channing was a reporter from the ground up; a writer who could catch the public and hold it, but after he had been sent down to Santiago by his paper, he failed to send in the startling news quick enough to suit the people at home. For this there was a good reason, as there was nothing to send in, as it proved to be just that period of suspense and waiting when the Spanish fleet was laid up in the harbor of Santiago, but it caused the manager of his paper to wire him his discharge and send another man down in his place. Consequently, when the story opens, Channing finds himself stranded in Cuba without a job and without money. Keating, the new reporter, arrives and at once falls into the ways of a great many newspaper reporters, who have nothing to do but to wait until something turns up, takes to drinking heavily, and becomes careless of what is going on, while each day finds Channing more destitute and more despondent, until he has reached the stage of sleeping on the docks at night... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 July 1911 (USA)  »

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