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Five Star Final

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

Crow-9 on 10 March 1999
The story holds true just as much today as it did when it was made. Powerful newspapers will stop at nothing, it seems, in the name of circulation. Scandal sells. The best scene in the whole movie is when Jenny confronts each of the three protagonists with the question, "Why did you kill my mother?". Randall, realizing what he has caused to happen, attempts to kill the story, then turns in his resignation. (Or maybe he realized just how much power he held in his hands and wanted no more of it.) This movie shows that the pen, indeed, is mightier than the sword.

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