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The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)

A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Courtney Terrett (story) (as Courtenay Terrett), Harvey F. Thew (adaptation) (as Harvey Thew) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Blondell ... Maizie Dickson
Grant Mitchell ... Martin Collins
Vivienne Osborne ... Marcia Ferguson
Adrienne Dore ... Antoinette 'Toni' Martin
Tom Brown ... Bruce Foster
Kenneth Thomson ... Bob Parks
Leslie Fenton ... Jim Perrin
Oscar Apfel ... Mr. Brooks
Walter Miller ... Cedric Works
Purnell Pratt ... George M. Ferguson
Willard Robertson ... Sheriff
George Meeker ... Jigger Bolton
Russell Hopton ... Rusty Callahan
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Newsboy (as George MacFarlane)
Leon Ames ... Judd Brooks (as Leon Waycoff)
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A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson is killed. Two types of New York City journalists descend on Cornwall, one interested in facts, the other in getting sensational "news". Mrs. Ferguson is known to have been friendly with a local banker. The Fergusons quarrel the evening he is killed (by "burglers", his wife tells the police later), and she is arrested, spurred on by the "bad" journalists, who also manage to badger the banker's wife into the hospital. Meanwhile, young Bruce Foster runs the Cornwall Courier, and shows the big city reporters how to dig out real news while they attempt to subvert justice for their own ends. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1932 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Perrin: Those old fluffs are a million years behind the times! They're still writing with quill pens.
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Smiles
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Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
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joan blondell talkie from 1932
21 January 2016 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Joan Blondell, Grant Mitchell, and the very young Tom Brown star in this early talkie from First National/Warner Brothers. When the bank bigshot is found moidered, the small town newspaper sends the story out on the wires, and all the bigtime reporters converge. Of course, they just want a story, any story, so they have already made up their minds about what happened. We even hear them talking about what might happen if the facts don't match their news stories. The coppers try to race to find out what really did happen, while the newspaper hounds from the big cities try to manipulate the local prosecutor and anyone involved. Will the truth get out before the big trial is over? Pretty fast moving. Good Story, if a bit exaggerated. Didn't win any awards, but those first few years of Oscars were hit or miss anyway. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, who tarted as an actor in the EARLY days of the silent films, and made the switchover to director, and sound. Story by Courtney Terrett. Made me think of Citizen Kane, when the reporters and publishers were not held to such a high standard of fact checking.


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