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A Dispatch from Reuters (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 19 October 1940 (USA)
Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns his small company into Europe's most respected news wire service.

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William Dieterle

Writers:

Milton Krims (screen play), Valentine Williams (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Baron Julius Reuter
Edna Best ... Ida Magnus
Eddie Albert ... Max Wagner
Albert Bassermann ... Franz Geller (as Albert Basserman)
Gene Lockhart ... Otto Bauer
Otto Kruger ... Dr. Magnus
Nigel Bruce ... Sir Randolph Persham
Montagu Love ... Delane
James Stephenson ... Carew
Walter Kingsford ... Napoleon III
David Bruce ... Bruce
Dickie Moore ... Reuter as a Boy
Billy Dawson Billy Dawson ... Max Wagner as a Boy
Richard Nichols ... Herbert - Age 5
Lumsden Hare ... Chairman
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Storyline

Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns his small company into Europe's most respected news wire service. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

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doctor | dance | apology | alcohol | letter | See All (62) »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audacia See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Saturday 11 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Wednesday 12 September 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Saturday 11 September 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Boston Thursday 11 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Albuquerque Sunday 21 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Salt Lake City Thursday 15 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Miami Friday 30 November 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Bellingham WA Tuesday 18 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

The report of the Lincoln assassination is shown being placed on a boat in New York (to be dropped off in Ireland). Telegraph service was operating to St. John's, Newfoundland at the time, which is 1,000 miles closer to Ireland and was routinely used to put dispatches on and off ships in the manner shown in Ireland. See more »

Quotes

Sir Randolph Persham: You could always retire.
Julius Reuter: What - and stagnate into senility?
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Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 1 (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1861)
Variations in the score when Lincoln is assassinated
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Fine WB Biopic
18 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Enjoyable Warner Bros. biopic about Paul Julius Reuter, the man who built the famous Reuters news service. Edward G. Robinson players Reuter. The movie covers his story from when he was using carrier pigeons up through the use of the telegraph. As is often the case with these biopics, he faces hardships and doubt from critics but perseveres. It's all pretty formulaic, I admit, but also undeniably entertaining. I was never bored. Eddie G's backed up by a fine stable of character actors, including Gene Lockhart, Otto Kruger, Nigel Bruce, and Albert Bassermann. Edna Best is the love interest and Eddie Albert plays Robinson's assistant. A solid cast. The subject matter may not lend itself to the most exciting story but they do a surprisingly good job keeping it interesting.


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