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Scandal Sheet (1952)

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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.

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Phil Karlson

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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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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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The Man From "The Mob" Is Making Another Killing! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skandalblatt 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

Howard Hawks wanted Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant for the male leads. See more »

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The door in Broderick Crawford's office apparently has no glass in its window. (This was presumably to prevent reflections from lights or equipment.) See more »

Quotes

Steve McCleary: Very rare items. Pictures of a dame with her mouth shut.
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Remade as Scandal Sheet (1985) See more »

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Broderick Crawford is first rate, and the plot sensational enough to make this B-movie squeak by
27 July 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Scandal Sheet (1952)

A second rate crime drama with noir overtones. It's a formula picture, really, but it's a great formula, and the twist here is that the editor of the paper, not just the reporter, is part of the main story. He's played by the loud, gutsy, and very convincing Broderick Crawford (known for All the Kings Men), and Crawford really holds it all together. Donna Reed is her usual slightly stiff self, I've never quite gotten her appeal, but she's the other star (several years after It's a Wonderful Life) and she's not given much to do. As a reporter, she isn't really allowed to investigate or do anything, just complain a lot.

And this is the writer's fault. The story is based on a Sam Fuller novel. Yes Sam Fuller the renegade director, drawn to unsophisticated potboilers told with bold directness. But he didn't direct here, and as a novelist he goes for big and not always convincing effects. It's maybe amazing that director Phil Karlson, a B-movie specialist at best, pulled this off so well. It's fun, it's got some small moments where people shine, and it has Crawford playing a more subtle role than usual, and doing it very well.


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