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The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 1931 (USA)
Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

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John Monk Saunders (by), W.R. Burnett (by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Breckenridge 'Breck' Lee
Fay Wray ... Marcia Collins
Regis Toomey ... Charlie 'Breezy' Russell
Robert Elliott ... City Editor Frank Carter
Clark Gable ... Louis J. Blanco
Oscar Apfel ... Managing Editor Ellis Wheeler
Robert Gleckler ... Larry Haynes, Sphinx Club Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noel Madison ... Larry Hayes (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lee is a fresh young kid from the South when he gets a job with The Press. His first assignment on gangsters gets his name in the paper, the police on a raid and Lee in the hospital. He quickly finds that it is everyone for himself, so he goes into the business of not reporting for a fee. He quickly learns to shake down the gangsters, and with the paper behind him, they leave Lee alone. But the girl he is crazy for will only trade a ring for his going straight. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daktylika apotypomata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Near the end of this film that was released in 1931, is a scene that shows the front page of "The Press" newspaper. One of the headlines on the the front page is: USE TELEVISION COMMUNICATION. See more »

Goofs

When the front page of The Press is shown with the heading "Gang War Rages," one of the stories is entitled "Star Received with Great Ovation" and "received" is incorrectly spelled "recieved." See more »

Quotes

City Editor Frank Carter: Did the chief talk salary with you?
Breckenridge 'Breck' Lee: Well, no, sir.
City Editor Frank Carter: Well, then you'll get 39 a week to start, 4 dollars of that's for car fare.
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Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March (Marche Funèbre)
(uncredited)
from "Sonata in Bb-, Op.35 No.2"
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played after Lee's death
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The Mind Wanders
6 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Savannah, Georgia born newspaper reporter Richard Barthelmess (as Breckenridge "Breck" Lee) takes a job at a "big city" (presumably Chicago) publication called "The Press". Right away, Mr. Barthelmess becomes a crusading investigator. Working for a measly $35 per week, he finds romantic compensation with pretty newspaperwoman Fay Wray (as Marcia Collins). Regis Toomey (as Charlie "Breezy" Russell) provides friendly competition. Alas, Barthelmess' investigative story gets him severely beat up by gangsters. After he gets out of the hospital and can't pay the bills, Barthelmess is tempted by the local crime lord's payroll, alongside tall gangster Clark Gable (as Louis Blanco). Never too convincing.

***** The Finger Points (4/11/31) John Francis Dillon ~ Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Clark Gable, Regis Toomey


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