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Gentlemen of the Press (1929)

| Drama | 4 May 1929 (USA)
A driven newspaperman misses out on the joys and sorrows of ordinary life.

Director:

Millard Webb

Writers:

Mark Barron (play), Bartlett Cormack (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Huston ... Wickland Snell
Kay Francis ... Myra May (as Katherine Francis)
Charles Ruggles ... Charlie Haven
Betty Lawford ... Dorothy Snell Hanley
Norman Foster ... Ted Hanley
Duncan Penwarden Duncan Penwarden ... Mr. Higgenbottom
Lawrence Leslie Lawrence Leslie ... Red
Harry Lee Harry Lee ... Copy-desk Editor
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A driven newspaperman misses out on the joys and sorrows of ordinary life.

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WHY WON'T THE NEWSPAPERS GIVE A MAN A LIVING CHANCE. WHY DO THEY DIG UP THE PAST WHEN HE IS TRYING TO GO STRAIGHT? (Print ad- Queensland Times, ((Ipswich, Queensland)) 27 August 1929) See more »

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Trivia

Gentlemen of the Press opened at the Henry Miller's Theater on August 27, 1928 and ran for 128 performances. See more »

Quotes

Myra May: Are you the editor?
Wickland Snell: I? No?
Myra May: Then get him. Get him down here! You'll have to get all the editors down here.
Wickland Snell: Yeah? Must be important.
Myra May: You think I'd be here at this time of morning, if it weren't? I'm suing this dirty paper for fifty thousand dollars. Libel. And I'll get it too. My attorney will be here at eight o'clock. You can't print lies about me.
Wickland Snell: You are suing you say?
Myra May: I'm going to. If you think you can get away with any...
Wickland Snell: Now just a minute. Now tell me all about it. Maybe I can help you.
Myra May: You printed...
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Alternate Versions

Released in both sound and silent versions, for theaters not yet equipped for sound. See more »

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A KNOCKOUT GRAND ENTRANCE FOR KAY FRANCIS INTO FILMS!
1 April 2002 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

This is an absorbing early talker, given solid grand with an excellent performance by Walter Houston and the editor of a big city paper. He has had no time, as a single dad, to participate in his daughters life except via phonecalls. A good script keeps the viewers interest alive, but the real wow! in this film is Kay Francis. In her film debut she knocks Houstons socks off, appealing to him not to print a scandalous story about her. She's not the obvious vamp from the silent era -- but a very straightforward, no excuses made, girl about town. She invites Houston to her apt. smiling with innuendo with the line, "I'm sure you'll love my Pekingese!" Houston loves it several times before realizing the tantalizing Kay is also after his son-in-law! It's a shame these Paramountfilms aren't on video. If you get the chance, don't miss this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algema Cruel See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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