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DEADLINE – U.S.A. is a 1952 film noir crime film starring Humphrey Bogart , Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore
and Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
, written and directed by Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
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It is the story of a crusading newspaper editor who exposes a gangster's crimes while also trying to keep the paper from going out of business.

The newspaper used as background on the film, called The Day, is loosely based upon the old New York Sun , which closed in 1950. The original Sun newspaper was edited by Benjamin Day , making the 1952 film's newspaper name (not to be confused with the real-life New London, Connecticut newspaper of the same name) a play on words.

Tough as Nails, a biography of Brooks authored by Douglass K. Daniel, cites the 1931 death of the New York World
New York World
newspaper as the basis for the film, including the decision by the sons of Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
to sell the paper rather than run it themselves.

For years, the film had largely been forgotten (although it had occasionally been shown on Fox Movie Network and TCM), until its DVD and Blu-ray debut in 2016. (In the audio commentary, film historian Eddie Muller rates this film as one of the very best films ever made about the inner workings of a major newspaper.)

CONTENTS

* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Reception * 4 References * 5 External links

PLOT

Ed Hutcheson is the crusading managing editor of a large metropolitan newspaper called The Day. He is steadfastly loyal to publisher Margaret Garrison, the widow of the paper's founder, but Mrs. Garrison is on the verge of selling the newspaper to interests who plan to permanently cease its operation.

Hutcheson has other concerns, including that his estranged wife Nora is about to remarry. He also puts his reporters to work on the murder of a young woman and the involvement of racketeer Tomas Rienzi, which could turn out to be a circulation builder that keeps the paper in business or else the last big story it ever covers.

Reporters discover that the dead girl, Bessie Schmidt, had been Rienzi's mistress, and that her brother Herman had illegal business dealings with the gangster. Hutcheson gets to Herman with an opportunity to safely tell his story, but Rienzi's thugs, disguised as cops, take him away, resulting in Herman's death.

All seems lost when Mrs. Garrison's daughters, majority stockholders Kitty and Alice, refuse to budge, causing a judge to permit The Day to be sold. Bessie's elderly mother, Mrs. Schmidt, turns up in Hutcheson's office with her daughter's diary, implicating Rienzi in his illegal activities. The presses roll as Hutcheson ignores the gangster's threats.

CAST

* Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
as Ed Hutcheson * Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore
as Margaret Garrison * Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
as Nora Hutcheson * Ed Begley
Ed Begley
as Frank Allen * Warren Stevens as George Burrows * Paul Stewart as Harry Thompson * Martin Gabel as Tomas Rienzi * Joe De Santis as Herman Schmidt * Joyce MacKenzie as Katherine Garrison Geary * Audrey Christie as Mrs. Willebrandt * Fay Baker
Fay Baker
as Alice Garrison Courtney * Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Jim Cleary * James Dean
James Dean
as Copyboy

RECEPTION

Variety gave the film a positive review calling Bogart "convincing".

REFERENCES

* ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953 * ^ "Variety". 1951. Retrieved 17 February 2015.

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