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« on: August 22, 2012, 03:49:59 PM »

Director: Phil Karlson, Writers: Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Eugene Ling (screenplay), and Sam Fuller, starring  John Derek, Donna Reed, Rosemary DeCamp Harry Morgan and Broderick Crawford.



Mark Chapman/George Grant (Crawford) is a savy Scandal Newspaper Editor that thrives on sensationalism. At a Lonely Hearts Ball sponsored by the paper, he meets the wife he had abandoned years ago (Rosemary DeCamp), while using another name. She confronts him at the ball and he agrees to go to her low rent apartment which has windows abutting the 3rd  Avenue El to settle accounts. He offers her money but threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he hits her with his fist and accidentally kills her. He strips her and arranges the body so that it appears that she slipped and hit her head in the shower. Later, when her body is found, he assigns his protégé reporter (Derek) to the story.

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Julie Allison (Donna Reed) plays the "moral conscience" columnist on the paper, and  Henry O'Neill plays Charlie Barnes a rummy ex reporter who breaks the case but is also murdered before he can get his evidence to Allison. Morgan plays a news photographer.

Tension builds as Derek slowly tracks down the killer.

A good little crime drama that Sam Fuller who was an ex-newspaperman must have had quite a bit of input. DeCamp in her brief appearance is great 7/10

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 10:27:54 PM »

saw on TCM. I give it a 7/10

at the ending, when Broderick Crawford can't bring himself pull the trigger, and he says, "We're just too close, kid," you could say that is inspired by Double Indemnity, and/or Little Caesar.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 10:29:49 PM »

Eddie Muller's intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qemRYomI6EI&feature=youtu.be

Eddie Muller's afterword: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD83Np4sk88&feature=youtu.be

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 05:47:42 AM »

Always a pleasure. Thanks!

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 08:29:44 AM »

Scandal Sheet is a movie I really liked. Broderick Crawford had a good role here.

D & D, thanks for the upload. Always appreciated.

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