A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to ... See full summary »
Newspaperman Bruce Corey returns from World War I with new ideas and wants to start his own tabloid. For want of other financing, he takes on as silent partner Merrill Lambert, gangland gambling kingpin. Thus is born the New York Mercury. Though its standards are not of the cleanest, Corey does fight to keep his paper's voice independent of Lambert. The two men's clash reaches a climax just as unsuspecting young reporter Tommy becomes Lambert's rival for lovely Gail Fenton.Written by
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The plane crash footage, about a half-hour into the film, was shot at New York's Floyd Bennett Field on September 2, 1933. It shows the attempted take-off of the former Chief of Staff of the Royal Italian Air Force, Gen. Francesco de Pinedo, in a Bellanca J-3-500 named "Santa Lucia". He was attempting a solo distance flight record by flying from New York to Baghdad, Iraq. He died in the crash and subsequent fire. See more »
In Bruce's new newspaper office, circa 1919, Croney is wearing a dress with a full zipper up the back. That style would not come into use until twenty years later, as it was considered "vulgar" for a woman to wear a dress that could come off so easily. See more »
Fresh from World War I, Edward G. Robinson has all kinds of new ideas about his chosen profession of journalism. But his old newspaper won't see things his way. Not discouraged, but needing cash he gets it from Edward Arnold a gangster with whom he becomes Unholy Partners with.
Although Arnold is at first a silent partner and gives Robinson a free hand with the paper, it's not a partnership that in any way can last. Robinson, and more particularly reporter William T. Orr, starts looking into the activities of Arnold's friends and later Arnold. And then Orr becomes interested in Laraine Day who is a nightclub singer that Arnold has taken a kind of lease out on.
The whole film builds toward the inevitable showdown of Arnold and Robinson and the two really dominate the film, the other players barely getting any innings in their performances. Arnold is a very careful man in maintaining a respectable front and he sees the possibilities in controlling a large media outlet. Not unlike that other Arnold film character from 1941, D.B. Norton from Meet John Doe.
Charles Dingle who is a favorite character actor of mine is in Unholy Partners. But he's in a very subdued role who Arnold has under his thumb by controlling Dingle's gambling debts. Dingle's not at all the arrogant and pompous man he usually plays. And I miss that.
Robinson and Arnold make quite a good pair of matched adversaries. Unholy Partners showed they should have done more work together.
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