Extra! Extra! ...Newspaper & Reporters in Classic Cinema

by I_Won-t_Dance | created - 20 Dec 2012 | updated - 05 Jan 2017 | Public

Newspapers seem to be a staple of old Hollywood classic films. The reporters always ready with witty banter, always trying to outwit each other in their quest for "the big scoop"! The editors barking out deadlines and firing people! I love the way Golden Age screwball and crime classics depict the world of newsrooms, reporters, editors, newsreels and photographers.

Still incomplete, any suggestions welcome (Golden Age films only)

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1. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 113,251

2. His Girl Friday (1940)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 46,265 | Gross: $0.30M

3. Storm in a Teacup (1937)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

A local politician in Scotland tries to break the reporter who wrote a negative story about him, and who is also in love with his daughter.

Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Victor Saville | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker, Sara Allgood

Votes: 637

4. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 17,198

5. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 80,250

6. Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 6,080

7. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 55,984

8. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 15,606 | Gross: $3.48M

An early silent example with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Includes a very interesting, fast-paced montage of the process from reporter's typewriter > platemaking > press > "Extra extra!" newsboys > reader's dinner table..

10. Love Is News (1937)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

Financier's daughter spars with newspaper reporter: he by writing about her, she by announcing their engagement.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Don Ameche, Slim Summerville

Votes: 464

11. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,173

12. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 346,134 | Gross: $1.59M

13. That Wonderful Urge (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

When an heiress finds out that the friendly young man she's met at Sun Valley is really an investigative reporter, she ruins his career by falsely claiming they're married.

Director: Robert B. Sinclair | Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Reginald Gardiner, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 605

14. Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two brother, rival correspondents, find themselves fighting their conservative editor over stories and each other of over the affections of a pretty blonde journalist.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane

Votes: 585

15. Piccadilly Jim (1936)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Frank Morgan, Madge Evans, Eric Blore

Votes: 276

A caricaturist - does that count?!

16. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 1,860

17. Front Page Woman (1935)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman reporter tries to prove she's just as good as any man, but runs into trouble along the way.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Roscoe Karns, Wini Shaw

Votes: 1,011

18. Roxie Hart (1942)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned?

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman

Votes: 1,419

19. Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen

Votes: 7,855

20. Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 468

21. A Shriek in the Night (1933)

Unrated | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark, Purnell Pratt

Votes: 699

22. Exiled to Shanghai (1937)

65 min | Comedy

Two rival newspaper men battle over a beautiful woman while covering an overseas civil war.

Directors: Nick Grinde, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Wallace Ford, June Travis, Dean Jagger, William Bakewell

Votes: 44

23. I Cover the Waterfront (1933)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance

An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 402

24. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 6,943

25. To Please a Lady (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Romance, Sport

A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match in a feisty reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Will Geer

Votes: 726

26. There Goes My Heart (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Fredric March, Virginia Bruce, Patsy Kelly, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 493

27. Arise, My Love (1940)

Passed | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Abel

Votes: 601

28. Love on the Run (1936)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Reginald Owen

Votes: 782 | Gross: $1.14M

29. The Gilded Lily (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 398

30. Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)

Passed | 73 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Bored rich girl hooks up with news photographer, gets caught up in his adventures.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Norman Foster, Evalyn Knapp, Eric Linden, Esther Ralston

Votes: 68

31. Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Romance

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 562

32. It Happened Tomorrow (1944)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 1,578

33. The Glass Key (1942)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 4,573

34. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker

Votes: 2,222 | Gross: $0.86M

35. Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Halliwell Hobbes

Votes: 2,452

36. Next Time We Love (1936)

87 min | Drama, Romance

A young married couple's relationship becomes strained when he is assigned overseas as a foreign correspondent and she becomes a major stage star.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Ray Milland, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 393

37. Wedding Present (1936)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Joan Bennett, Cary Grant, George Bancroft, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 406

38. Lured (1947)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn, Boris Karloff

Votes: 2,199

39. Everything Happens at Night (1939)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Sonja Henie, Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, Maurice Moscovitch

Votes: 141

40. Hollywood and Vine (1945)

Approved | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

A young girl arrives in Hollywood determined to become a star in the movies, but finds that attaining stardom is a lot more difficult then she counted on. Howewver, she does become a star ... See full summary »

Director: Alexis Thurn-Taxis | Stars: James Ellison, Wanda McKay, Franklin Pangborn, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 97

41. After Office Hours (1935)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Constance Bennett, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin, Billie Burke

Votes: 533

42. The Honor of the Press (1932)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Cub reporter Daniel Greely gets a job on a big city newspaper. A string of robberies occur and the owner of the paper blames the police for not rounding up the crooks. Daniel discovers that... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Edward J. Nugent, Rita La Roy, Dorothy Gulliver, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 20

43. Hold the Press (1933)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

When newspaper reporter Tim Collins, of the "Post", is slugged while investigating the shooting of a big-time gambler, he sets out to get his man with such determination that he ends up in ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Tim McCoy, Shirley Grey, Wheeler Oakman, Henry Wadsworth

Votes: 5

44. Woman in Distress (1937)

Approved | 58 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A painting in the possession of an old lady, Phoebe Tuttle, is rumored to be a genuine Rembrandt, and Fred Stevens, ace reporter of the "Dispatch" newspaper, is sent to cover the story. The... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: May Robson, Irene Hervey, Dean Jagger, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 19

45. Making the Headlines (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Angry, because he is making too many headlines with his gang-busting activities, the police chief transfers Lt. Lewis Nagel to the sleepy suburban town of Fairview, where he is followed by ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts, Craig Reynolds, Marjorie Gateson

Votes: 14

46. This Marriage Business (1938)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

New York city reporter Bill Terry (Allan Lane and his photographer-assistant "Candid" Perry (Jack Carson) follow an eloping heiress to a small New York town where he hears the marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Victor Moore, Allan Lane, Vickie Lester, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 64

47. Murder Is News (1937)

Approved | 55 min | Mystery

A radio reporter does a story on the infidelity and divorce of a wealthy and powerful businessman. The man invites the reporter to his mansion for a chat, but when he gets there, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: John Gallaudet, Iris Meredith, George McKay, Doris Lloyd

Votes: 54

48. The Payoff (1935)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Joe is a reporter who is looking for his big break and he gets it when he takes over George Gorman's sports column. Marty is a hood who would fix any sporting event he could and Joe keeps ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: James Dunn, Claire Dodd, Patricia Ellis, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 83

49. Star Reporter (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Warren Hull, Marsha Hunt, Wallis Clark, Clay Clement

Votes: 46

50. The Pay Off (1942)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir