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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 (screenplay), Eugene Ling (screenplay) | 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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Storyline

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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Passed | See all certifications »

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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

Ted Sherdeman was rewriting George Bruce's script, but Bruce's contribution to the final film, if any, has not been confirmed. 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

Steve McCleary: You should have started running when you got my wire, sucker.
Mark Chapman: I gambled. If the stakes are big enough, you don't run unless there's nothin' else left to do.
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Referenced in Crime Wave (1985) See more »

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Sweating It Out with Broderick Crawford
25 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Watch Crawford sweat this one out! Great fun with Broderick Crawford as managing editor of a "Scandal Sheet" newspaper, with John Derek and Donna Reed on staff as reporters. The film uses the technique of showing the murderer's identity as the crime is committed (it's editor Crawford); then we watch him squirm as the reporter hero (Derek) and heroine (Reed) try to identify the killer and cover the story.

Mr. Crawford must give the "Lonely Heart Killer" big coverage in his tabloid newspaper, or risk suspicion. When a possible witness turns up, things get complicated. Henry O'Neill is great as a washed-up old drunk who used to work for Crawford's newspaper. The film has a great style… beautiful black and white photography directed by Phil Karlson. Recommended viewing!

******** Scandal Sheet (1952) Phil Karlson ~ Broderick Crawford, John Derek, Donna Reed


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