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Scandal Sheet (1952)

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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

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Phil Karlson

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Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Eugene Ling (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Mark Chapman
Donna Reed ... Julie Allison
John Derek ... Steve McCleary
Rosemary DeCamp ... Charlotte Grant
Henry O'Neill ... Charlie Barnes
Harry Morgan ... Biddle (as Henry Morgan)
James Millican ... Police Lt. Davis
Griff Barnett ... Judge Elroy Hacker
Jonathan Hale ... Frank Madison
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The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a Lonely Hearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he pushes her and accidentally kills her. Later, when her body is found, he assigns his protégé reporter to the story, as a good, exploitable follow-up story to the ball. And, then, he is forced to sit back and watch while the reporter slowly tracks down the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skandalblatt See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller was in litigation against Famous Artists Corp. According to the news item, Fuller sold his novel, The Dark Page, to H-F Productions for $15,000, and director Howard Hawks spent $25,000 on pre-production for producer Jules Furthman. Monterey Productions later purchased the novel, then sold it to Motion Pictures Investors, Inc., which then sold it to Columbia for $10,000. In his suit, Fuller claimed the novel's worth was $100,000. A 1951 Hollywood Reporter item indicates that Fuller's successful production of Sergeant Zack (1951) revived interest in producing The Dark Page. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the shot where Grant bends over to retrieve the 'Lonely Hearts Club' badge from his dead wife, the untouched corpse's head moves slightly. See more »

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Biddle: You know that wasn't a bad looking dame. Too bad the guy used an axe on her head. Spoiled some pretty pictures for me.
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Good, relatively unknown film noir
31 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Remarkably solid little crime/actioner. Derek is a weasely but apparently attractive young reporter for a city paper. He's convinced that his boss and mentor, ballsy editor Crawford, is a swell guy who can teach him the business, but he doesn't know that he's also a murderer, hiding a previous marriage through his crime. When the reporter initiates a sensational search for the identity of the killer, he comes closer to the truth, but places others in danger as he unwittingly informs the murderer of his every step by telegram and phone.

Solid suspense, sparse action, good script make for a B++ film.


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