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Headline Shooter (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 28 July 1933 (USA)
The adventures of a wayward newsreel cameraman.


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Agnes Christine Johnston (screen play), Allen Rivkin (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
William Gargan ... Bill Allen
Frances Dee ... Jane Mallory
Ralph Bellamy ... Hal Caldwell
Jack La Rue ... Ricci (as Jack LaRue)
Gregory Ratoff ... Hermie Gottlieb
Wallace Ford ... Mike
Robert Benchley ... Radio Announcer
Betty Furness ... Miss Saunders
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Happy
June Brewster ... Betty Kane - Miss Grand Rapids
Franklin Pangborn ... Adolphus G. Crocker
Dorothy Burgess ... Ruby - Burnett's Moll


Roguish, cynical newsreel cameraman Bill Allen usually has a dame in one hand and a hip flask in the other, yet catches breaking stories and disasters of all sorts on film. When he meets newspaper columnist Jane Mallory, mutual attraction results; but she's too smart to fall for him (or is she?) unless he reforms (but does she really want him to?). Includes exciting stock footage of fire, flood and earthquake. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evidence in Camera See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earthquake footage is from the Long Beach (CA) earthquake of 1933. See more »


Jane Mallory: [Bill is having some difficulty trying to light a campfire] That's certainly a swell fire you're whipping up.
Bill Allen: It's still young. Give it a chance to grow.
Jane Mallory: [Bill continues to struggle with the fire] You might give it some of your film. That'd give it life.
Bill Allen: How 'bout some pages from your notebook? It needs something dry.
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Newsreel Crime
17 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Headline Shooter (1933)

** (out of 4)

Boring crime picture from RKO about Bill Allen (William Gargan), a newsreel photographer who is constantly trying to get the next "big" story. Back in the office he falls for the lovely Jane (Frances Dee) but she's already taken by Hal (Ralph Bellamy). Soon all three paths are about to cross when Bill gathers some video footage of something that might destroy many people. HEADLINE SHOOTER is pretty much one cliché after another without anything good going for it. If you're someone like me who enjoys checking out these forgotten "B" movies then this one here offers a few things but most would be best served to just skip it. Believe it or not but we've actually got a pretty good cast of characters here with Bellamy being a bit shaky but it's always great to see him and notice that even in his early days he always turned out to be the "other guy." Robert Benchley is also on hand in a small part as is Wallace Ford, Jack LaRue, Betty Furness and Henry B. Walthall appears in an uncredited part. Dee is pretty entertaining in her bit but the entire love triangle is just downright boring. Gargan isn't really leading man material, at least not in this role, as he has trouble keeping you interested in what he's doing and he just doesn't have any charm to win the viewer over.

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