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Behind the News (1940)

It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer, places Jeff with Stu Woodrow a lazying reporter. Stu detests cubs, treating Jeff ... See full summary »

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Joseph Santley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Stuart Woodrow
Doris Davenport ... Barbara Shaw
Frank Albertson ... Jeff Flavin
Robert Armstrong ... Vic Archer
Paul Harvey ... Dist. Atty. Hardin S. Kelly
Charles Halton ... Neil Saunders
Eddie Conrad ... Enrico
Harry Tyler ... Monroe
Dick Elliott ... Foster
Archie Twitchell ... Reporter
Veda Ann Borg ... Bessie
Milton Parsons ... Eddie
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It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer, places Jeff with Stu Woodrow a lazying reporter. Stu detests cubs, treating Jeff badly. Jeff saves a drunken Stu's job by covering the convicted racketeer, Houseman's escape from prison. Jeff goes to Houseman's sister for a scoop he witnesses the murder of Houseman and an innocent young child. Stu grateful to Jeff thinks Jeff is to decent to be a reporter, sends Jeff on a fake story. Resulting in Jeff being demoted by an angry Archer. On his own, Jeff goes to the court house to see the trail of Marques, accused of Houseman's murder. Jeff, who speaks Spanish, hears the translater, Olmeda falsely state that Marques confesses to the killing. Jeff tells Archer that he has a story. The problem is that nobody believes him due to the fake story. Written by Kelly

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A WOLF OF NEWSPAPERDOM who lost his faith in justice...but found it in the fires of truth! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Ever Hear of Joseph Santley?
1 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lloyd Nolan is a great reporter, but when he sends in an expense sheet that includes more than $200 of poker losses, Managing Editor Robert Armstrong gets mad. He saddles Nolan with a cub reporter, Frank Albertson, who is just out of journalism school, full of ideals. Nolan hates it.

It's a sturdy excursion into the land of THE FRONT PAGE, with tricks picked up from Hawks' HIS GIRL FRIDAY: corruption, cynicism and some great snappy patter. It's such a good movie that the Academy could not deny it at least an Academy Award nomination; it being Republic, however, they limited it to "Best Sound Recording;" can't let a major award go to a horse opera factory.

Everything works in this movie, even the veering into the serious subplot. Everyone deserves some praise, but on a project like this, the director deserves a lot, and that's Joseph Santley. He had entered show business as a child actor and made it to Broadway at the age of seven. He slid into the movies in the 1920s, and his first feature is his best-known one: THE COCOANUTS, starring the Marx Brothers. By the early 1930s, he was working for the larger minors, directing a varied mix of westerns, thrillers, comedies and even Judy Canova movies. He left the movies after 1950 and directed and produced for television, including episodes of THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR with Martin and Lewis. He retired in 1962, lived with his wife of 54 years and died in 1971, aged 82.

That's a great career, what used to be called a trouper. Nowadays, of course, people think of directors as 'auteurs' and don't have respect for the craftsman who took what they were given and made the best movie they could with it. Sometimes, like this movie, Santley got what he needed to make a great picture and did so.


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