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.
Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.
Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »
This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Thursday 19 September 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 31 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 17 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in New York City at this time, possibly because of sponsors resistance to the many pre-code aspects of its story. See more »
When Ed and Daisy are out at the club, the lamp on the table is initially to Ed's right. In the next shot, it's to his left. The position of the lamp on the table keeps changing in subsequent shots during the entire scene. See more »
This is an exciting Pre-Code cop film from MGM. When I say "Pre-Code", I am indicating that it was made just before the adoption of the Hollywood Production Code that was intended to clean up movies and eliminate sex, violence and other adult-only content in films. Because of this, the film is much more violent than films made in the mid-30s and later. It also features a lot of seamy dialog and content. A few examples of these taboos that were in some Pre-Code films would include:
Police radio reports of "a nude woman on the corner of Elm and Berry" and an "indecent exposure".
Memorable lines such as "the back of his head was blown out" and referring to the coroner's vehicle as "the meat wagon".
These sleazy elements actually helped make the movie more exciting and seem more like a real police story. And it was exciting throughout until a very, very disappointing and silly ending. Yes, this ending WAS violent and satisfying on a baser level, but it just made no sense at all. This helped to make this movie a good time-passer with some sleazy elements, but not much more. Exciting but not all that satisfying.
In addition to all the excitement, look for a very young and pretty adorable Mickey Rooney as Walter Huston's son.
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