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Off the Record (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 21 January 1939 (USA)
Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket... See full summary »


James Flood


Niven Busch (screenplay), Lawrence Kimble (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
Joan Blondell ... Jane Morgan
Bobby Jordan ... Mickey Fallon
Alan Baxter ... Joe Fallon
William B. Davidson ... Scotty
Morgan Conway ... Lou Baronette
Clay Clement ... Jaeggers
Selmer Jackson ... Det. Mendall
Addison Richards ... Brand
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
Joe King ... Brown
Douglas Wood ... J.W.
Armand Kaliz ... Chatteau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George O'Hanlon ... Messenger Boy
Moroni Olsen ... Juvenal Court Judge


Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket the boy was a spotter for. Guilt-ridden, Jane convinces Breezy that they should marry in order to adopt Mickey so they can get him out of reform school. Written by Anonymous

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The setting is suggested as New York City in the very beginning by a few notes of the song "The Sidewalks of New York". In the double exposure of newspaper headlines/marble games (pinball) being destroyed by sledgehammers, the destruction depicts true events. Pinball machines were declared illegal and destroyed in New York City at that time. They remained illegal there until 1976. See more »


A shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall by the entrance to the Evening Star building as the man from the drug store rushes in. See more »


Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott: Oh, honey, I'm sorry. I don't mean to hurt you all the time, honestly. I'm daffy about you. I want to marry you. I want you to quit this newspaper racket. Nobody ever reads your column anyway.
Jane Morgan: Flossie out front does!
Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott: Oh, so, Flossie reads it. That's 1 out of a circulation of 1,951,351. That makes you better than a million to one per cent and that's certainly a great record.
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The title card and credits are all headlines and stories appearing in a newspaper. See more »


Referenced in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) See more »

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OBrien and Blondell try to keep kid out of trouble
8 September 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Joan Blondell stars as Jane Morgan in this short, 62 minute Warner Brothers story of old time newspaper reporters. Mickey Fallon ( Bobby Jordan ) loses his parents and is now under the dubious care of his older brother Joe ( Alan Baxter ), who is in the rackets. Jane sees Mickey getting involved in this, and tries to convince "Breezy" ( Pat OBrien ) to let her write a story on it... Of course, no-one takes her seriously, so she mentions it in her column, and now everyone in town wants to get involved. Breezy and Jane must keep an eye on Mickey to keep him from getting back in the rackets. There isn't really time to develop any real, in-depth plot, so things move right along. Jordan was one of the original kids in the "Dead End" films. Blondell and OBrien had both been in Hollywood for ten years, so they were experienced actors by this time. (My favorite J Blondell film would have to be Desk Set... you gotta see it if you haven't already...) Directed by James Flood, who had spent his first ten years working on silent films. Good way to kill an hour, but don't expect a lot.

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21 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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