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Headline (1943)

A crime reporter begins to investigate the disappearance of his bosses wife who had witnessed a murder.


John Harlow


Ken Attiwill (novel), Ralph Gilbert Bettison (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
David Farrar ... 'Brookie ' Brooks
Anne Crawford ... Anne
John Stuart ... L.B. Ellington
Antoinette Cellier ... Mrs. Margaret Ellington
William Hartnell ... Dell
Anthony Hawtrey Anthony Hawtrey ... Paul Grayson
Richard Goolden Richard Goolden ... Arthur Jones
Lorna Tarbat Lorna Tarbat ... Betty
Merle Tottenham ... Mrs. Deans
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Chief Sub-Editor
Nancy O'Neil Nancy O'Neil ... Molly Dean
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Inspector Dodds (as Ian Maclean)


A crime reporter begins to investigate the disappearance of his bosses wife who had witnessed a murder.

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newspaper | based on novel | See All (2) »


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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 January 1944 (UK) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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At about 16 minutes into the film, you can see Trevor Howard sitting at the bar behind the couple that are talking. He's uncredited in the film and had his first film credit the next year in The Way Ahead (1944) See more »


References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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27 September 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Newspaper boss John Stuart (Ellington) looks like an old school friend of mine who had a peculiar face. He wants his reporter David Farrar (Brookie) to get a news headline for once. He's a nasty character, really. There's been a murder and a mystery woman was seen at the scene. Farrar's brief is to get hold of the mystery woman. So, we follow Farrar's investigation alongside newspaper rival William Hartnell (Dell) as they try and get the scoop on the story.

We know who the murderer is and who the mystery woman is from the beginning. This makes the film interesting as we are kept in suspense as to how she will be revealed. You know she will, it's just a matter of time………. Or will she? I'm pleased to say that the film has an unexpected ending with a bit of tension along the way on a train journey. But check out those fake punches…….oh dear…! Farrar is good in the lead and we get a good scene when he and the mystery lady come face to face and both realize what is happening.

So, never believe what you read in newspapers as it is never quite the whole truth.

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