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The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 1931 (USA)
Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

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John Monk Saunders (by), W.R. Burnett (by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Breckenridge 'Breck' Lee
Fay Wray ... Marcia Collins
Regis Toomey ... Charlie 'Breezy' Russell
Robert Elliott ... Frank Carter
Clark Gable ... Louis J. Blanco
Oscar Apfel ... Ellis Wheeler
Robert Gleckler ... Larry Hayes--Sphinx Club Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noel Madison ... Larry Hayes (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lee is a fresh young kid from the South when he gets a job with The Press. His first assignment on gangsters gets his name in the paper, the police on a raid and Lee in the hospital. He quickly finds that it is everyone for himself, so he goes into the business of not reporting for a fee. He quickly learns to shake down the gangsters, and with the paper behind him, they leave Lee alone. But the girl he is crazy for will only trade a ring for his going straight. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daktylika apotypomata See more »

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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle, who was shot and killed the day before he was to meet with federal agents in connection with Al Capone's finances. Lingle was on Capone's payroll. See more »

Goofs

When the front page of The Press is shown with the heading "Gang War Rages," one of the stories is entitled "Star Received with Great Ovation" and "received" is incorrectly spelled "recieved." See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Marcia Collins: It's a terrible - pity.
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March (Marche Funèbre)
(uncredited)
from "Sonata in Bb-, Op.35 No.2"
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played after Lee's death
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Gangster
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Finger Points, The (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Static but entertaining gangster picture has a wet-nosed reporter (Richard Barthelmess) from the South going to the big city to become a star but he soon learns that nothing is easy. After busting a gambling operation and getting nothing out of it, the reporter decides to partner up with a racketeer (Clark Gable) but soon the reporter gets too big for his current situation. This film is based on the life of Chicago Tribute reporter Jake Lingle who got involved with Al Capone and the rest is history. This film version is pretty good, although it's a bit slugish at time but this is due mostly to just how movies were during this early sound era. Barthelmess is hit and miss in his role. He's somewhat shaky during the nervous reporter segments but he settles down once he starts to enter the big shot period. Gable steals the show with his supporting performance and Fay Wray plays the love interest.


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