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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 | cigar | dance | apology | alcohol | 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

Pat Flaherty, listed in studio records playing a sailor, was not seen in the movie. 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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Connections

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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Not too bad but not that great
15 July 2009 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

"A Dispatch From Reuter's" pretty much has one great thing going for it, and that is Edward G. Robinson of course as Julius Reuter. Otherwise, this is semi-standard old-movie fare that can be quite dull most of the time.

Reuter of course was a news pioneer, but not every successful story always makes for a good movie. Seeing guys in the 1930s and 1940s play people in the 1800s is always kind of funny. (Especially when they do the "harumph" thing when they get angry.) There's a lot of talk concerning pigeons that the viewer will get tired of pretty quickly. The characters aren't engaging and the plot is, well, boring and thin. It's a ten-minute movie stretched out to 90 minutes.

Unless you are a fan of Edward G. Robinson really, which I am, this is definitely one you can certainly live without seeing.


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