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Scandal Sheet (1952)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 January 1952 (USA)
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screen play), Eugene Ling (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Mark Chapman
Donna Reed ... Julie Allison
John Derek ... Steve McCleary
Rosemary DeCamp ... Charlotte Grant
Henry O'Neill ... Charlie Barnes
Harry Morgan ... Biddle (as Henry Morgan)
James Millican ... Police Lt. Davis
Griff Barnett ... Judge Elroy Hacker
Jonathan Hale ... Frank Madison
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The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a Lonely Hearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he pushes her and accidentally kills her. Later, when her body is found, he assigns his protégé reporter to the story, as a good, exploitable follow-up story to the ball. And, then, he is forced to sit back and watch while the reporter slowly tracks down the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Love Nesters! Shock Slayers! Sensation Seekers! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Page See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur M. Landau sued Columbia for $10,000, claiming to have presented the property to Jules Schermer and the studio. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the shot where Grant bends over to retrieve the 'Lonely Hearts Club' badge from his dead wife, the untouched corpse's head moves slightly. See more »

Quotes

Mark Chapman: Allison, write me a sob story. 'Miss Lonely Heart' won't be lonely anymore.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the page of a newspaper. Although the credits change, the surrounding text remains the same, from start to finish. See more »

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Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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Quite good
19 June 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Entertaining noir directed by Phil Karlson, who also did the excellent Kansas City Confidential the same year, and based on a novel by Sam Fuller (and the film can be found in a box set of Fuller films Columbia released a while back). Broderick Crawford stars as the editor-in-chief of a scandal sheet. He runs into an ex-wife whom he dumped years earlier, before changing his name and climbing to his current position. The woman wants to spoil his success, so he kills her. Of course, such a sensational and mysterious murder is just the kind of thing his newspaper covers, and the story, much to Crawford's chagrin, makes his paper more popular than ever. Reporters Donna Reed and John Derek are getting closer and closer to the truth, and Crawford, though he tries to throw them off his scent, is basically trapped by his position. Henry O'Neill is also excellent as the broken-down drunk who first uncovers the secret.


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