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Power of the Press (1943)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 January 1943 (USA)
During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play) (as Robert D. Andrews), Samuel Fuller (story) (as Sam Fuller)
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Cast

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Guy Kibbee ... Ulysses Bradford
Lee Tracy ... Griff Thompson
Gloria Dickson ... Edwina Stephens
Otto Kruger ... Howard Rankin
Victor Jory ... Oscar Trent
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During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

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He Feels the Power of a Woman! They Feel the Power of a Fist!

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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The first film in which writer Samuel Fuller uses the character name "Griff". In many of his subsequent films as a writer and director, Fuller would have a character with the first or last name Griff. See more »

Quotes

Edwina Stephens: Freedom of the press means freedom to tell the truth. It doesn't mean freedom to twist the truth.
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Preaching to the choir
13 October 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

"Power of the Press" is so packed with patriotic pronouncements that any semblance of plot -- and the story isn't all that bad -- gets lost. We know that a free press is vital to a free country; no need to keep drumming it into our thick skulls. The tale starts with the murder of a New York newspaper publisher who bequeaths his controlling interest in the Gazette to an idealistic small-town editor, Scattergood Baines...uh, sorry... Guy Kibbee. Otto Kruger as the paper's other publisher (who seems, in 1943, to be campaigning for Hitler) turns to his favorite hit man, the Shadow...uh, sorry, Victor Jory...to maintain control. Lew Landers directs the proceedings in Capraesque style without much of Capra's spark. If a savvy script editor had cut some of the blathering, this might have been a decent thriller.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El poder de la prensa See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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