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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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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

"-30-" is used to signify "the end" or "over and out"; it originates from several code tables for telegraph operators. It is traditional in the journalism field and is still used to indicate the end of transmitted news stories and press releases and can frequently be found in formal corporate documents posted on websites and delivered electronically or via print. See more »

Goofs

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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Written by Don Ralke and William Bowers
Sung by David Nelson
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-30- great little newspaper film
28 November 2005 | by Stormy_AutumnSee all my reviews

I saw "-30-" on our old black and white in the 60's. It was a movie for a worthwhile popcorn and soda evening. Sure Jack Webb made movies and series that were sentimental but believable for the most part. He knew how to touch heart strings.

The story lines all come together. There's the search for the little girl lost in the LA storm drains while looking for her puppy. Lady, the reporter, whose grandson is lost in a military plane crash. The bet from Jim Bathgate that was to be delivered, but was lost, by Earl, the copy boy and wannabe reporter. Earl is a Korean War Veteran. Jim and PeggyGatlin, Jim who doesn't want to adopt a kid and Peggy who does. What will happen in each situation?

Jack Webb and William Conrad were actors of the highest degree. Louise Lorimar was a long time character actress who knew her trade. Comments were made about David Nelson's young age during this movie. I'm not sure of the importance of the issue after all he was acting. We, also, must consider the looks and ages of the young men going to war. I feel David did a fine job for his part.

I grew up watching DRAGNET with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander. Later on Harry Morgan (of M*A*S*H fame) signed on to be Jack's partner. One thing I appreciate about Jack is that in all of his movies and series many of the older character actors were used on a consistent basis. He also gave opportunity to many young stars like David Nelson and Dennis Weaver. I guess that shows that his sentimentality was real. He knew how and when to give a kid of any age a break.

Whitney Blake went on to do several acting parts in TV but will probably be remembered most for the TV series "Hazel". She starred with Don DeFoe and the great Shirley Booth (Hazel) as Dorothy Baxter, aka Mrs. B (1960-65). Sadly, Whitney passed away from cancer in 2002.


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