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  • TBC
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1931
  • 89 mins

Five Star Final

Five Star Final


Time has not been kind to the aggressively talkie movies of the early sound era, and this precursor to a slew of newspaper movies, is no exception. But thanks to the performances, especially Robinson as the tabloid editor and Marsh as the victim, the film is still engrossing and the subject of muck-raking journalism is as timely today as 70 years ago. The story concerns the re-opening of an old murder enquiry, which leads to the suicide of a couple.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Anthony Bushell, Edward G Robinson, George E Stone, Boris Karloff, H B Warner, Marian Marsh, Frances Starr
  • Director: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writer: Byron Morgan, Robert Lord
  • Producer: Hal B Wallis
  • Photographer: Sol Polito

In a nutshell

With a gun in her handbag their daughter goes to the newspaper office and asks why her parents had to die.

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