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-30- (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 December 1963 (Mexico)
A managing editor of a LA newspaper must put together headlines for the next day in a way that'll attract the potential readers, deal with hectic going-ons at the workplace and have a serious talk with his wife about her wish to adopt.

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Managing Editor Sam Gatlin arrives in the afternoon and departs early the next morning, having assembled a morning newspaper for Los Angeles. During this implausibly active day in the life of a metropolitan newspaper, Sam and his wife Peggy argue about adopting a child. The reporter's grandson pilots a military plane from Honolulu to New York. A child is lost in the LA sewers (Gatlin composes a warning headline with picture: "Children Stay Out of These"). And copy boy Earl Collins considers quitting after failing to properly deliver a bet by city editor Jim Bathgate on the sex of children being born to a famous actress. Written by Paul Schindler <paul@schindler.org>

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Inch by inch a rumor grows into a roar... word by word the teletype starts ticking like a bomb... moment by moment the suspense builds headline-high to a new peak of motion picture excitement! See more »

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The daily newspaper in the film was loosely based on the real-life newspaper Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. See more »

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After a fledgling writer turns in a news story on her first night as a reporter, the editor sends it to be typeset without even reading it. See more »

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Carl Thompson: Now this is our art department. And this is Mr. Chapman, one of our staff artists. Mr. Chapman, this is Mr. and Mrs. Jason.
Bentley Jason: [along with his wife] How do you do, Mr. Chapman!
Carl Thompson: Would you draw something for us please, Mr. Chapman?
Chapman: [stares at Thompsons] Draw? Draw? What would you like? A dog? A cat? Or a pig with a squiggly tail? Or how about a house? I was always real big in the house department! Especially on those chimneys with the smoke cork-screwing out!
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 30 (2007) See more »

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Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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Yes, Jack Webb can act.....but he is still Jack Webb.
13 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Jack Webb delivers as a newspaper editor on a cliffhanger of a front page story. A little girl, a storm drain, and a heavy rainstorm set the pace. Subplots include a young woman trying to break into the newspaper reporter business (in 1959 - this predated women's lib and did it very well) and a fear of being a parent again after losing a child. Acting chemistry is very successful. An excellent movie. Have VHS, want DVD.


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