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This Man Is News (1938)

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Barry K. Barnes ... Simon Drake
... Pat Drake
... Macgregor
John Warwick ... Johnnie Clayton
Philip Leaver ... 'Harelip' Murphy (as Phillip Leaver)
James Birrie ... Doyle
David Keir ... Brown
Tom Gill ... Peter Brown
... Inspector Hollis
... Sergeant Bright
Kenneth Milne-Buckley ... Ken Marquis (as Kenneth Buckley)
Jack Vyvyan ... Fireman
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David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon Drake an interview, as Simon thinks he will probably be killed by other gang members, but Simon makes note of his address. Simon is fired by his city editor, MacGregor, for failing to cover another assignment and the editor says he would not believe Kier's murder if reported by Simon even if it happened. Simon returns home and is persuaded by his wife Pat to have a drink or two. The tipsy Simon, as a joke, telephones Sim and tells him that Kier has just been murdered, and the excited Sim hangs up before Simon can explain it is just a joke. But Kier has really been murdered and Inspector Holly learns from Sim that Simon had telephoned him with the news at 3:10 A.M., but knows that Kier was not murdered until 4:35 A.M. The Inspector also finds a recently-fired revolver in Simon's flat, and arrests him. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He doesn't report the news...he makes it!

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18 August 1939 (USA)  »

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En Kugle i Vente  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Followed by Shadows of the Underworld (1939) See more »

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a British nick and nora charles
30 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is clearly a British take off of the Thin Man series.A young couple investigate a series of murders.They even have the same drinking habits as the Charles couple.They get drunk on champagne at night and breakfast on brandy and soda .The murder plot is very sinilar to many British films of the period,but it must have hit a chord with the public as there was a sequel "This Man In Paris".Alistair Sim very early in his film career gives a charecteristic performance as a harassed newspaper editor.From a production point of view this still has the look of a quota quickie even though the 1938 Cinematograph Act tried to persuade film companies that spending more would be more beneficial in quota terms,double and treble quota,than spending less.This sort of film tended in any event to die out for a few years as the war brought new subject matter to the screen.


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