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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:

A Suprema Cartada 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

It All Depends on You
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Played at the party
Lyrics spoken by William T. Orr
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anachronistic period film!
11 June 2004 | by itsnotmikeSee all my reviews

Another great Edward G. Robinson performance in an entertaining film about a hard driven newspaper man,with fine performances all around. However,what gets me is this: Why place a film in a period setting and ignore aspects of that setting? In this case,this 1941 film was set in 1919. Besides a few indiscretions like inappropriate hairstyles on the women,at one point Marsha Hunt sings After You've Gone in a 1940's swing style with a big band(this is at about 15 years before the "Big Band Era"!) Funny...this film was made only twenty years after the story takes place...no one remembered what things were like? I am reminded of a similar problem(although much worse)in the Gene Krupa Story,where we had "boppy"soloists in the "twenties"! If film makers want contemporary hairstyles,music,etc.,why make a period film?


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