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Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Director:

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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Storyline

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 !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Newspaper Story See more »

Company Credits

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

During the first day of shooting, star Humphrey Bogart admitted to friend and writer/director Richard Brooks that he had been drinking until late in the morning, and had not learned his lines. Earlier in the day, while he had being difficult on the set and resistant to saying his lines (ones he never knew) veteran Ethel Barrymore pushed him to just get on with it, by explaining that 'The Swiss have no navy'. In other words, like actors, they are powerless. See more »

Goofs

As Rienzi's car drives off after picking up Hutcheson, a large studio light is reflected against the side window of the car. See more »

Quotes

Ed Hutcheson: You're fired!
Mac, Photographer: Wait a minute... Why the excitement. Eveybody knows we are washed up.
Ed Hutcheson: That's your mistake.
Mac, Photographer: But I worked here 4 years.
Ed Hutcheson: That's my mistake!
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Connections

Featured in Die Lügen der Sieger (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Indigo
(uncredited)
Music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard
Played on radio at Herman Schmidt's apartment
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surprisingly timely
6 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A very good movie about The Day, a newspaper publishing its last editions, and its aggressive attack on a known mobster. Humphrey Bogart does an excellent job as the editor, and Ethel Barrymore gives a wonderful, regal performance as the widow of the publisher, whose daughters are now demanding that the paper be sold to a competitor.

The film brings up, a mere 53 years ago, issues that are relevant today - the tabloids versus real, factual news, and the meaning of a free press. These debates continue today, but unfortunately, it seems that the tabloid type of journalism is winning. As for a free press - our press might be freer than many, but it isn't entirely free. As anyone who lost money in the great savings and loan scandal can tell you, important stories disappear from the front pages all the time.

Bogart's strong performance is the engine that keeps this film going, and there's a nice performance by Kim Hunter as his ex-wife. Deadline USA reminds us of the good old days, when you could believe what you read in the New York Times.


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