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When a well-known gangster is killed in a small town, the local newspaper editor must decide whether the story is important enough to his readers to put it on the front page.Written by
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MGM and the other studios produced a lot of one reel features which were intended to showcase an upcoming actor or actress in a format that was pleasing and made the viewers aware of new faces. This seems to be the case with "Important News", directed by Edwin Lawrence and released in 1936.
We are taken to a small town in which the editor of The Cole County Clarion is preparing the front page of the paper. Elmer, the editor, is an older man who is wiser than what everyone gives him credit for. When he decides on an important local news item for the lead story, his nephew, Cornelius, disagrees with him. Elmer doesn't think that printing the sensational news about a gangster killed on Main Street will be as important as what his readers will be looking for. In the end, Chic is complimented by the visiting big city newsman, Ed Rollins, from the Chicago Daily Sentinel, which is the best praise anyone can get while serving the community.
Charles "Chic" Sale does a great job as Elmer. Young James Stewart plays Cornelius, showing what will become his screen persona in an uncredited performance. Charles Trowbridge is good as the visiting Chicago newspaper man.
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