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Five Star Final (1931)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 26 September 1931 (USA)
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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Louis Weitzenkorn (based on the play by), Byron Morgan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Joseph W. Randall
Marian Marsh ... Jenny Townsend
H.B. Warner ... Michael Townsend
Anthony Bushell ... Phillip Weeks
George E. Stone ... Ziggie Feinstein
Frances Starr ... Nancy 'Voorhees' Townsend
Ona Munson ... Kitty Carmody
Boris Karloff ... T. Vernon Isopod
Aline MacMahon ... Miss Taylor
Oscar Apfel ... Bernard Hinchecliffe
Purnell Pratt ... Robert French
Robert Elliott ... R. J. Brannegan
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Hinchcliffe, the ruthless publisher of a sleazy New York tabloid, is concerned that the ethical journalistic policies of City Editor Randall have caused a drop in circulation. He pressures the newsman to run more sensational stories including resurrecting the twenty year old Vorhees Murder Case. Although the perpetrator's actions were ultimately judged justifiable, and she has been subsequently living an exemplary life in anonymity, Hunchcliffe insists Randall revisit the story. Randall assigns Isopod, an alcoholic degenerate, to dig up anything lurid that he find. The unprincipled reporter fraudulently insinuates himself into the Vorhees' home masquerading as a minister and gets the expose he sought. Yellow journalism triumphs, and a decent woman's name gets dragged through the mud again... with tragic consequences. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Film debut of Aline MacMahon. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy Voorhees Townsend is at the newsstand and picks up the Evening Gazette with her photo from twenty years ago beside the photo of the man she killed back then on the front page, the headline above the two photos is "Nancy Voorhees Story". But after she walks away with it to pay for it, another copy with the same two photos on the front is shown there at the newsstand, but with the headline "2 Die in Subway Cave-in". After she pays for the one in her hand, that's loosely folded in half, the headline on it can be seen and it isn't "Nancy Voorhees Story" as it was to begin with - it's now the "2 Die in Subway Cave-in" headline, and it's still that same 'subway' headline in the next shot when she sits down at the desk at her apartment to read it before hurriedly hiding it in the drawer when her daughter enters the room. See more »

Quotes

Joseph W. Randall: God gives us heartache and the devil gives us whiskey.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Played on the phonograph
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Why did you kill my mother?
6 February 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This Oscar-nominated film (Best Picture) shows the dark side of journalism as a paper delves into the past of a woman (Frances Starr) who was impregnated by her boss and acquitted of his murder.

Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar) is a newspaper editor that is interested in boosting circulation and is not concerned with the lives he destroys in the process. He goes after Nancy Voorhees (Starr), who is now Nancy (Voorhees) Townsend and is not concerned that she has not told her daughter (the doll-faced Marian Marsh), who is now about to me married, about her past.

Robinson was absolutely brilliant in the role and ably assisted by Boris Karloff and Oscar-nominated actress (Dragon Seed) Aline MacMahon in her first film.

A classic showing the seedy side of journalism.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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