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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.

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 !

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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

The story is based on the closing of the New York "Sun," founded by Benjamin Day, in 1950. The Sun was sold to the Scripps Howard chain and absorbed into the "World-Telegram." 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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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 journalist makes himself the hero of the story. A reporter is only the witness."
4 July 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

"It's not our job to prove he's guilty. We're not detectives and we're not in the crusading business." That line from Humphrey Bogart early in the film lets you know you're watching a movie about a bygone era in journalism. Or maybe that's just an idealized fantasy and reporters were never like that, because later in the film Bogart contradicts himself by instructing his reporters to "go below the belt" and "we're gonna convict him of every crime on the books." Feelings on journalistic philosophy aside, this is an exceptional crime drama about the goings-on at a newspaper that's going out of business. Before the doors are closed, editor Bogart and his reporters try to uncover the truth about a racketeer's criminal activities.

Bogart turns in one of his finest acting turns, with terrific support from Ethel Barrymore, Martin Gabel, Ed Begley, Kim Hunter, Warren Stevens, Jim Backus, and many more. The story moves along at a smooth pace and keeps your interest throughout. There's quite a bit of monologuing but the script is packed with punch and grit. It's one of the better films in writer & director Richard Brook's career. It's worth a look on its merits as a dramatic film, as well as the added historic value it has for those looking to examine the differences and similarities between how journalism was viewed yesterday versus today.


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