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Unholy Partners (1941)

A tough, ambitious newspaperman starts a new tabloid in 1919 New York, with a crooked big-time gambler as a partner.

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Mervyn LeRoy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Bruce Corey
Edward Arnold ... Merrill Lambert
Laraine Day ... Miss 'Croney' Cronin
Marsha Hunt ... Gail Fenton
William T. Orr ... Thomas 'Tommy' Jarvis - an alias of Tommy Jarrett
Don Beddoe ... Michael Z. 'Mike' Reynolds
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Peck - Managing Editor
Charles Dingle ... Clyde Fenton
Charles Halton ... Phil Kaper - Attorney
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Jerry - Henchman (as Joseph Downing)
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Jason Grant
Emory Parnell ... Col. Mason
Don Costello ... Georgie Pelotti
Marcel Dalio ... Molyneaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Insp. Brody (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Suprema Cartada See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

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Whispering
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Music by John Schonberger
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Not A Partnership That Can Last
13 October 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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