The influence of the past on the present is one of the most definitive film noir themes. The tabloid editor slowly being condemned by his own protégé suggests an absurd justice rules noir territory, especially considering the newspaper readership boost that results from Chapman's own criminal activity. Scandal Sheet is included in the Columbia Samuel Fuller Collection but Fuller himself was not actively involved in the making of the film. Such emotional feelings that Chapman has and he has few enough of those are centred on McCleary. Scandal Sheet, in any case, was not Fuller's film it was based on his hot-property novel The Dark Page, published in 1944 after Fuller had already defected from being a reporter to being a screenwriter, and while the young Fuller was fighting in Europe with the Big Red One. In the film, Broderick Crawford's Mark Chapman is the New York Express's bulldog editor, pulling the daily out of its economic doldrums with lurid front pages and invented news; John Derek's Steve McCleary is his amoral star reporter, the two of them heading a newsroom that has only Donna Reed's Julie Allison to recommend it in the way of moral compunction and compassion. Top notch suspense as Crawford gambles that he can keep his cool and get away with it, even as the walls close in and the odds look worse and worse.
But the story is expertly fashioned; Fuller was careful to make the tabloid mercenariness turn in on itself: McCleary is hot on the story, and despite his neck being in the noose Chapman must bait him on, because if he relents one iota from the Rupert Murdochian ethos that made him and the Express a hit, suspicion will fall on him like a safe from a window. He deserted her twenty years earlier. Crawford plays a ruthless tabloid newspaper editor who has the tables turned on him when he commits a crime, then finds himself having to encourage his top reporter to get to the bottom of the story, in order to deflect suspicion. Excellent cast, including Crawford, handsome John Derek, intelligent beautiful, Donna Reed. When a possible witness turns up, things get complicated. Of course, part of noir's allure lies with its reputation as a school of films that arose naturally out of our cultural anxieties, not out of a Hollywood marketing ploy. His name was George Grant then.
Producer: Edward Small Director: Phil Karlson Screenplay: Eugene Ling, James Poe, Ted Sherdeman, Samuel Fuller novel Cinematography: Burnett Guffey Film Editing: Jerome Thoms Art Direction: Robert Peterson Music: George Duning Cast: John Derek Steve McCleary , Donna Reed Julie Allison , Broderick Crawford Mark Chapman , Rosemary DeCamp Charlotte Grant , Henry O'Neill Charlie Barnes , Harry Morgan Biddle. Later he bribes the chief examiner Cliff Clark with baseball tickets. Is noir a genuine American folk art, the Hollywood version of Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie? This is a great little movie that deserves to be better known. The paper's brand of journalism has been altered so unrecognizably that onetime Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie Barnes Henry O'Neill has been reduced to a pathetic drunkard, abandoned to the company of the city's wastrels. Related Torrents Added Size Seeders Leechers comment 1 9 months ago 5. Though he no doubt learned such tactics from Chapman, to prove his worth as an investigative reporter, McCleary unknowingly must endeavor to bring down Chapman.
The cast features Academy Award winners Broderick Crawford All the King's Men and Donna Reed From Here to Eternity with John Derek Knock on Any Door. The more sensational the news, the higher the circulation jumps. This is unlike her other screen work. Reporter Steve McCleary John Derek is first glimpsed at the film's exposition scene at a squalid apartment complex, where he impersonates a cop to get all the dirt from a hatchet murder eyewitness. Meanwhile, the paper's star reporter Steve McClearly begins investigating the unsolved murder. Thee is a delicious little irony in the way that Chapman finally breaks the 750,000 barrier.
Chapman's place in society is threatened when Charlotte returns to the Lonely Hearts Club Ball that Chapman himself engineered in the interest of generating another lowest-common-denominator news feature. Chapman is on top of the world until the evening of the New York Express Lonely Hearts Club ball, a cynical and cruel circulation-boosting stunt. Crawford is the unscrupulous new editor who boosts the circulation of a respected New York newspaper with tabloid-style reporting. Barnes claims the item, which turns out to be the dead woman's suitcase, in which he finds proof that Chapman is the murderer. It stars Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed and John Derek. Reed and Derek play the junior reporters on the paper who clash over the new editorial policy, but finally work together to solve a murder. Broderick Crawford was one of those few actors uniquely suited to the noir form.
There are a few film noir pictures that have a devilish core story element that sees the principal player effectively investigating themselves, this is one such piece. The dialogue is typical Samuel Fuller, he wrote the novel upon which the film was based colorfully gritty but at times head-scratchingly obtuse. Chapman and McCleary are like father and son but McCleary will not rest until he finds the murderer. The set-up itself is nearly autobiographical: Fuller used to work on the New York Graphic, a screaming-mimi, truth-manipulating exploitative tabloid on Park Row that makes the contemporary New York Post look like The London Review of Books. Howard Hawks had bought the screen rights to the book but it did not get made until 1952, under the title Scandal Sheet, with Phil Karlson directing.
Having moved on from the relationship better than she has, these days Chapman is the unapologetic executive editor of the New York Express, a once respected news publication he converted into a far more financially viable tabloid operation. John Derek is very good as McCleary who is esentially a younger of Mark Chapma. The man's wife, whom he left penniless years ago, resurfaces and threatens to blackmail him. Investigative journalism is front and centre, with Derek giving McCleary a youthful exuberance that's most becoming, and although the police procedural side of things is secondary to that of the newspaper people, the investigation from both sides of the fence is well constructed. And, then, he is forced to sit back and watch while the reporter slowly tracks down the killer. Stars Broderick Crawford and Donna Reed. Karlson was a pro and this is the sort of material he relished.
She threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he pushes her and accidentally kills her. The novel was a bestseller and an award-winner and established him as an important pulp writer. Fuller and Karlson had their ears to the ground in the mid-century, and however relevant it was in 1952 their movie feels like a prophecy come true. It was once a quality newspaper with a modest circulation. When her body is discovered, the paper's star reporter, Steve McClearly , begins investigating what has been determined to be a murder.