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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.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

William Bowers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Webb ... Sam Gatlin
William Conrad ... Jim Bathgate
David Nelson ... Earl Collins
Whitney Blake ... Peggy Gatlin
Louise Lorimer ... Lady Wilson
James Bell ... Ben Quinn
Nancy Valentine ... Jan Price
Joe Flynn ... Hymie Shapiro
Richard Bakalyan ... Carl Thompson
Dick Whittinghill ... Fred Kendall
John Nolan John Nolan ... Ron Danton
Howard McNear ... Editor
Jonathan Hole ... Pettifog
Richard Deacon ... Chapman
Ronnie Dapo Ronnie Dapo ... Billy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1963 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadline Midnight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Billy: [little boy comes into Gatlin's office and stops by the edge of his desk] Is Mrs. Gatlin in here?
[pause]
Billy: What's all that noise?
[pause]
Billy: Is Mrs. Gatlin here, sir?
Sam Gatlin: Come here to me, son.
Billy: [boy walks over to Gatlin, who picks him up and stands him on top of the desk so they stand eye to eye] Sir, what's that noise?
Sam Gatlin: Don't you know what that is?
[boy shakes his head]
Sam Gatlin: They're printing the funny papers.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 30 (2007) See more »

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Boy
Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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Newspaper Drama--Jack Webb Style
12 June 2000 | by Bruce McGeeSee all my reviews

Webb stars as Gatlin, the night editor of an LA newspaper. Wm. Conrad is Jim Bathgate, the city editor. There are many familiar 50's-60's TV faces in this film. It's easy to overlook the over-acting. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you thinking. No chances to stop and think about what just happened too long. Webb also directed this film for his Mark VII production company. The direction is tight. I have always liked the camera movements in this film. Very fluid. Some of the side stories interweaving thru this film are almost too much to take. Louise Lorimer plays "Lady," a senior employee, and copyist whos grandson dies during a speed record attempt by the air force. Alot of time is spent on the scene where she and Gatlin talk each other down. It's a sad scene, with a sudden jump to another part of the newsroom. During the course of the evening, a little girl goes into a storm drain after her dog, the rains come, and suddenly this is the main story for the morning paper. We are shown how the pages are composed in an interesting way, and are given a very basic overview of how things were done in 1959.

We even get a look at Miss Arkansas, 1959, Donna Sue Needham, as a sexpot that the camera ogles for a minute or so...

If you've never seen this film, give it a chance. It's tight, and entertaining. Even sad in places.

Overlook the theme music.


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