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Off the Record (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 21 January 1939 (USA)
Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
Joan Blondell ... Jane Morgan
Bobby Jordan ... Mickey Fallon
Alan Baxter ... Joe Fallon
William B. Davidson ... Scotty
Morgan Conway ... Lou Baronette
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Jaeggers
Selmer Jackson ... Det. Mendall
Addison Richards ... Brand
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
Joe King ... Brown
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... J.W.
Armand Kaliz ... Chatteau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George O'Hanlon ... Messenger Boy
Moroni Olsen ... Juvenal Court Judge


Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket the boy was a spotter for. Guilt-ridden, Jane convinces Breezy that they should marry in order to adopt Mickey so they can get him out of reform school. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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Love Bites Man See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Tuesday 2 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Monday 15 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Bellingham WA Friday 2 November 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Boston Tuesday 20 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), and in Indianapolis Wednesday 5 June 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »


Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott: You guessed it, Marmaduke!
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Editor and reporter once again
20 September 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien and Joan Blondell play editor and reporter again, as they did in "Back in Circulation." This time, the emphasis is different.

Blondell plays Jane Morgan, a columnist, who comes across a hot story -- a local mobster has been using young boys as spotters in his billiard establishment.

She tries to pitch the story to her editor Thomas Elliott (O'Brien) and the publisher of the newspaper, but they pay no attention to her. When the story lands in her column, it causes a huge sensation. Her investigative reporting lands on the front page.

As a result of this, the mobster makes a deal with Joe Fallon (Alan Baxter), one of his minions, to take the rap for him and go to prison. Fallon agrees, meaning that his little brother (Bobby Jordan) will have to go to reform school.

Feeling guilty, Jane, who has been pestered by Tom to marry him, wants to adopt the boy. He's resistant but finally relents, and things go very well until the kid drifts toward being influenced by Joe.

This is a short B movie. O'Brien and Blondell made a great team. She's adorable as usual here. Warners often made their character actors into leading men, and O'Brien was no exception. He did this kind of role very well.

Not much else going on since it's so short, but it's pleasant enough.

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