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Unholy Partners (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | November 1941 (USA)
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:

Unholy Partners See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Sunday 12 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 17 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 5 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and by New York City 29 July 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Bruce goes to the race track and is viewing the race through binoculars, there is a shot from behind him. It is oddly and blatantly obvious he is looking at a rear screen projection as the camera is panning on the projection and Bruce is sitting still. See more »

Quotes

Merrill Lambert: Anything can be bought for dough!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Where Do We Go from Here
(uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich (1917)
Played at the parade in the opening scene
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Tough Movie: STOP Gritty Story: STOP Unsentimental Heart: STOP
6 February 2003 | by Svengali-2001See all my reviews

This film is not perfect, but it is gritty enough to be real, in the style that is more in keeping with films of the later 40s. The two Edwards play well off each other, and it is a shame that they didn't make more films together. Although it was not a strong film for the female cast, it did give Laraine Day and Marsha Hunt some scope to show they were more than the dolly-birds that many directors took them to be. Call me superstitious, but three of the main cast were born in 1917 and all 3 lived to 2002, with the two lasses still going strong. Perhaps it is a sign that the director chose some strong actors to make this film hum along effectively. As to its portrayal of the paper business, it is highly contemporary in its grasp of how media men prefer to make the news than report it. The very fact that Miss Hunt and her husband, Robert Presnell were allegedly blacklisted for their communist (for this read, Liberal) sympathies in the 1950s is an ironical grasp of the power of the press over any idea of truth or talent over power and influence. Mervyn LeRoy remains an icon of morally strong, but unsentimental film-making in what is often a candy-coated world. 9 Stars.


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