Monday, January 19, 2009

Two films for ink-stained wretches

San Francisco's Castro Theatre is celebrating the newspaper business with two films that are black and white and read all over. And neither one is on DVD.

Both start Friday, Jan. 23, and run through Feb. 1.

7:30 p.m., "Deadline USA," 1952 -- Humphrey Bogart plays the editor of a New York City daily that is about to be sold to its main competitor. With only hours before the presses start, he comes up with a huge story that will bring the city's biggest racketeer down.

9:30 p.m., "Scandal Sheet," also 1952 -- Broderick Crawford stars as managing editor of a scandal-mongering tabloid who murders his ex-wife, covers it up, and then—unable to resist the allure of a juicy circulation-booster—assigns his young star reporter (John Derek) to track down the culprit.

Here's a link for more information.

1 comment:

Jay Thorwaldson said...

I've seen both. Not impressed with Broderick Crawford, but Bogey gives a magnificent soliloquy that is the best defense of real news, or "hard news," that I've ever seen in B&W or color.