Deadline – U.S.A. (1952)


“About this wanting to be a reporter, don’t ever change your mind. It may not be the oldest profession, but it’s the best. ” – Ed Hutcheson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A newspaper editor does all he can to try and save his paper from being bought by a competitor who intends on closing them down.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before accidentally coming across it.

The premise sounded intriguing and the added fact that it stars Humphrey Bogart easily drew me to it.

This is a great film because it is able to mix noir and drama as we get to see how a newspaper editor does all he can on multiple fronts to save his newspaper (and his employees jobs) from a ruthless competitor.

They show the inner workings of a newspaper really well and they slowly show us how an oiled machine like this can work when wielded properly.

Bogart is quite convincing in the lead role and fits the role extremely well.

In addition, the supporting cast is also great with Kim Hunter, Ed Begley and especially Ethel Barrymore all shine here.

Really loved the way that this film is able to use three different storylines moving simultaneously in order to allow us to see how a character like the one shown here can juggle all of these events at the same time since it adds so much to the suspense of such a story.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows how a news editor on a mission can try and do all he can to save his paper.  The way that they show the inner workings of a newspaper is done quite well as we slowly get to see how things progress along the way. Bogart is great in the lead here and plays his part quite convincingly.  The supporting cast is also filled with some great characters and Hunter, Begley and especially Barrymore all shine here in their roles.  Really like the way that they split the story into three sub stories that are all moving along simultaneously so that we can see how the main character must try and successfully juggle all three at the same time. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the first day of shooting, star Humphrey Bogart admitted to friend and writer/director Richard Brooks that he had been drinking until late in the morning, and had not learned his lines. Earlier in the day, while he had being difficult on the set and resistant to saying his lines (ones he never knew) veteran Ethel Barrymore pushed him to just get on with it, by explaining that ‘The Swiss have no navy’. In other words, like actors, they are powerless. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Deadline – U.S.A. (1952)

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