90 Days of Oscar Nominees #17 – Five Star Final (1931)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 17th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“God gives us heartache and the devil gives us whiskey. ” – Joseph Randall

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A newspaper editor starts looking in a twenty year old murder with dire circumstances.

My Take on it – This is another film for this Best Picture series that I watched at random without knowing anything about it beforehand.

The premise is quite interesting but its execution is just ok.

I liked how this film deals with the idea of journalistic integrity when dealing with any kind of story taht probably shouldn’t be [rinted based on how the information was obtained.

It ultimately asks the question of whether a reporter should follow through on a lead even if it is received in an unethical way no matter what the ultimate cost may be.

Edward G. Robinson is fine here but he shines much more when he plays the criminal element as opposed to the “nice guy”

The story itself seems to work but still comes across as being quite average on most standards.

This is yet another film that I’m not really sure should be included among the films denoted as being a Best Picture nominee.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that deals with journalistic integrity and asks the question as to whether every lead should be followed through by reporters no matter the ultimate cost. Robinson is ok in this role since he actually plays a nice guy since he was mostly famed for his roles playing the opposite kind of person. The story seems to work, but it really isn’t the kind of film that I would think should be included among the best pictures of any given year because it feels quite average on most standards.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Evening Gazette is based on the real-life New York Evening Graphic, the most sensational of all the Front Page-era tabloid papers. (Critics called it the Porno-Graphic.) The paper, owned by Bernarr Macfadden, published from 1924 to 1932. At the time this film was made, the Graphic had been losing circulation, because its new editor had been trying to make it a more respectable paper, just like in the film. The paper was best known for its “composographs,” composite photographs used to create an otherwise unobtainable illustration. Louis Weitzenkorn, who wrote the original play, had been a reporter and editor on the Evening Graphic. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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