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Star Reporter (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 February 1939 (USA)
John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writer:

John T. Neville (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Warren Hull ... John Randolph / John Charles Benton
Marsha Hunt ... Barbara Burnette
Wallis Clark ... District Attorney William Burnette
Clay Clement ... Whittaker
Morgan Wallace ... Joe Draper / Charles Benton
Virginia Howell ... Mrs. Julia Randolph
Paul Fix ... Clipper
Joseph Crehan ... Gordon - Newspaper Editor
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Sam Grey
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Lane - Police Investigator
Effie Anderson Effie Anderson ... Molly - D.A.'s Secretary
Lester Dorr ... Wilkins - Reporter
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Hogan - Reporter (as Monty Collins)
Denis Tankard Denis Tankard ... Mason - Burnette's Butler (as Dennis Tankard)
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John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting politicians out of town. District Attorney William Burnette (Wallis Clark), father of Barbara Burnette (Marsha Hunt) who John loves, learns that John's father (unknown to John) is a criminal they are seeking. He refuses to prosecute him and John, not knowing the real reason, turns against Burnette and tries to run him out of office. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Asked For A MURDER and HE GOT ONE! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 15 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television audiences got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 22 December 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Chicago Tuesday 1 February 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Detroit Friday 15 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »

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Marsha Hunt is the best thing about this low budget crime drama!
8 April 2006 | by Larry41OnEbay-2See all my reviews

Marsha Hunt is the best thing about this low budget crime drama! Mongram studios like other low budget poverty row studios tried to compete with the majors by adding more action, sex or violence where they couldn't afford talent. And this story has more than your average plot twists... In this newspaper drama, a young man's father, a prominent newspaper publisher is violently murdered by famous gangsters. The young man uses the power of his newly inherited press to get revenge upon the killers by exposing them. Unfortunately, the young man's schemes go awry when he learns the identity of the trigger man. Plot devices include two sets of fathers, two signed confessions that gets stolen out of two safes, by two safe crackers!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor de un periodista See more »

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