Deadline USA – 1952 – English
Film directed in 1952 by Richard Brooks, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel, Joe De Santis, Joyce Mackenzie, Audrey Christie, Fay Baker, Jim Backus…
Synopsis: Ed Hutcheson, tough editor of the New York ‘Day’, finds that the late owner’s heirs are selling the crusading paper to a strictly commercial rival. At first he sees impending unemployment as an opportunity to win back his estranged wife Nora. But when a reporter, pursuing a lead on racketeer Rienzi, is badly beaten, Hutcheson is stung into a full fledged crusade against the gangster, hoping Rienzi can be tied to a woman’s murder…in the 3 issues before the end of ‘The Day.’
Review: Bob Greene of the Chicago Tribune has called this the best journalism movie ever made. He is absolutely right.
If you are interested in art movies, see Citizen Kane. If you are interested in screwball comedy, check out His Girl Friday. If it’s history you’re after, watch All the Presidents Men. If you want to see a classic journalism movie, rent one of the multiple versions of The Front Page.
But if you want to see a movie that actually shows you what life is like inside a newsroom, how reporters work together to get a story, and how «the story» is not always about the big expose but sometimes just about getting the little details right, this is your movie.