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The Power of the Press (1928)

The naive newspaper cub Clem lands a scoop when he's sent out to cover a murder. In his enthusiasm he writes that the main suspect is Jane. When she confronts Clem she convinces him to help her prove her innocence.

Director:

Frank Capra

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Sonya Levien, Fred Thompson (screenplay) (as Frederick A. Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Clem Rogers
Jobyna Ralston ... Jane Atwill
Mildred Harris ... Marie Weston
Philo McCullough ... Robert Blake (as Philo McCollough)
Wheeler Oakman ... Van
Robert Edeson ... City Editor
Edwards Davis ... Mr. Atwill
Dell Henderson ... Bill Johnson
Charles Clary ... District Attorney
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Sports Writer
Frank Fanning ... Detective
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The naive newspaper cub Clem lands a scoop when he's sent out to cover a murder. In his enthusiasm he writes that the main suspect is Jane. When she confronts Clem she convinces him to help her prove her innocence.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El poder de una lágrima See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Van: I can see the tears running right down the back of your neck.
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References The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) See more »

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This Is Available As A DVD-R
4 November 2010 | by blue-7See all my reviews

This is a Capra film that I have always wanted to see and finally had the opportunity when it was released by Grapevine Video (www.grapevinevideo.com) in 2010. This was Frank Capra's final silent film. Hereafter they would at least be "Part-Talking". Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. proves to be a chip off the old block. He has the same kind of charm that made his father world famous and is even more striking in the looks department. It's also a pleasure to see Jobyna Ralston, the girl who was so wonderful in six of Harold Lloyd's very best features (including The Freshman, Girl Shy, Why Worry? and The Kid Brother) in a drama. She is also excellent in the 1927 Best Picture winner "Wings". As has been noted it is Charlie Chaplin's ex-wife Mildred Harris who is the BIG surprise. She turns in a very nice performance. THE POWER OF THE PRESS does a credible job of capturing the feel of the newspaper world. One of my favorite parts is the documentary-like scene of showing the procedure that takes place to get a story from notes to the printed page. Setting up the type and the running of the large presses is well captured. Worth taking a look at if your are a Frank Capra fan.


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