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.
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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.)
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Reception * 4 References * 5 External links
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.
Variety gave the film a positive review calling Bogart "convincing".
* ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953 * ^ "Variety". 1951. Retrieved 17 February 2015.