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Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 August 1952 (Sweden)
With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

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Richard Brooks

Writer:

Richard Brooks
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Ed Hutcheson
Ethel Barrymore ... Margaret Garrison
Kim Hunter ... Nora Hutcheson
Ed Begley ... Frank Allen
Warren Stevens ... George Burrows
Paul Stewart ... Harry Thompson
Martin Gabel ... Tomas Rienzi
Joe De Santis ... Herman Schmidt
Joyce Mackenzie ... Katherine Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker ... Alice Garrison Courtney
Jim Backus ... Jim Cleary
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Ed Hutcheson, tough editor of the New York 'Day', finds that the late owner's heirs are selling the crusading paper to a strictly commercial rival. At first he sees impending unemployment as an opportunity to win back his estranged wife Nora. But when a reporter, pursuing a lead on racketeer Rienzi, is badly beaten, Hutcheson is stung into a full fledged crusade against the gangster, hoping Rienzi can be tied to a woman's murder...in the 3 issues before the end of 'The Day.' Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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20th Century-Fox savagely turns the spotlight of truth on revenge killings that shocked a nation !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night the World Folded See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck and Richard Widmark were considered for the role played by Humphrey Bogart. See more »

Goofs

Bogart dictating headline calls for ten point type which would be about one-seventh of an inch high. See more »

Quotes

Ed Hutcheson: This paper will fight for progress and reform. We'll never be satisfied merely with printing the news. We're never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory wealth or predatory poverty.
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Soundtracks

Mood Indigo
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Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard
Played on radio at Herman Schmidt's apartment
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A homage to those great Warner dramas of the 1930's
31 December 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I don't know if it was intended to copy the fast-paced press room and gangster films that Warner Brothers did in the 1930's, but you certainly get a chance to see what Bogart could have done had he been a star at Warner Brothers during the 30's rather than largely a supporting player. Of course, everything here is taking place in present day - 1952 - but not only does the film reach backwards for its brisk pace, it reaches forward into the 21st century with some of its subject matter. In particular, there is the subject of how big companies buy smaller more effective companies to eliminate the competition, and the subject of inherited wealth and how the companies that formed that wealth are often not appreciated by the spoiled children-heirs.

Here Bogart plays the editor in chief of crusading hard-hitting daily newspaper "The Day", which is about to be sold off by the bored children of the deceased founder. The founder's widow (Ethel Barrymore) unfortunately is outvoted by her ungrateful children, and with the encouragement of Bogart's character tries to come up with enough money to buy her children's shares back from her daughters. In parallel with this is the story of The Day trying to break one last big story before they are bought out - a story that will break the power of a local crime boss who is not taking his possible downfall lying down.

This one is seldom seen and very well done, and I highly recommend that you see it if it ever comes your way.


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