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Five Star Final
Movie: Five Star Final(1932)[tt0021873] 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 byduke1029@aol.com
Title Five Star Final
Release Date 2 May 1932 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama
Production Companies First National Pictures
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson...
Joseph W. Randall...
Marian Marsh
Marian Marsh...
Jenny Townsend...
H.B. Warner
H.B. Warner...
Michael Townsend...
Anthony Bushell
Anthony Bushell...
Phillip Weeks...
George E. Stone
George E. Stone...
Ziggie Feinstein...
Frances Starr
Frances Starr...
Nancy 'Voorhees' Townsend...
Ona Munson
Ona Munson...
Kitty Carmody...
Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff...
T. Vernon Isopod...
Aline MacMahon
Aline MacMahon...
Miss Taylor...
Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel...
Bernard Hinchecliffe...
Purnell Pratt
Purnell Pratt...
Robert French...
Robert Elliott
Robert Elliott...
R. J. Brannegan...

Reviews

lastliberal on 6 February 2008
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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