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Behind the Headlines (1937)

Eddie Haines is a radio reporter with Station KBC. He is always getting the scoop, which infuriates those at the New York Star, which happens to employ his ex-girlfriend Mary Bradley. But ... See full summary »

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Richard Rosson

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Eddie Haines
Diana Gibson ... Mary Bradley
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Alan Bennett (as Philip Huston)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Art Martin
Donald Meek ... Potter
Tom Kennedy ... Tiny
Frank M. Thomas ... Naylor
Doodles Weaver ... Duggan
Arthur Thalasso Arthur Thalasso ... Bartender Johnny (as Art Thalasso)
Ralph Robertson Ralph Robertson ... Radio Announcer
Edith Craig Edith Craig ... Bennett's Secretary
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Eddie Haines is a radio reporter with Station KBC. He is always getting the scoop, which infuriates those at the New York Star, which happens to employ his ex-girlfriend Mary Bradley. But when Mary is kidnapped while thinking she is getting a scoop on a big story, Eddie and Mary, (ie. the print media and the radio media), must work together to rescue her. Written by crickruslily

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A MILLION IN GOLD STOLEN! A BRAVE GIRL AT BAY...and the bombshell broadcaster on the spot in the biggest story of his flaming career! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomorrow's Headlines See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The United States Bullion Depository, as it is officially named, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was brand new at the time of this film, having been completed in December, 1936, with the first gold shipments occurring from January to July, 1937. It was made necessary due to President Roosevelt's executive order in 1933 that made it illegal for U.S. citizens to own gold coins, bullion or gold certificates. All of that gold had to be turned into the federal government, increasing its stockpile from $4B to $12B in the span of four years. This order was not repealed until 1974. See more »

Goofs

On the radio, the announcer states it's the 62nd Kentucky Derby, which took place on May 2, 1936. However, Fort Knox did not start taking gold shipments until January, 1937. See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight In Manhattan
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Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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A surprisingly exciting programmer
21 January 2015 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

For an hour-long B-movie, BEHIND THE HEADLINES (1937) has a lot going for it. Reporter Lee Tracy, wired for radio transmission, brings news right into people's living rooms, without the necessary delay of printed newspapers. He's always on the front lines, broadcasting live from the scene. His up-close reporting from inside a burning building not only thrills the public, but saves several lives as well. Diana Gibson, Tracy's ex-flame, and the other newspaper reporters are tired of being scooped by the man with the microphone.

The radio reporting is an interesting angle for a reporter vs. reporter flick, and adds excitement to the plot, which involves a gold bullion heist. Tracy is in top form as the cocky newshound who knows all the angles. Gibson is feisty and very pretty as his competition, calling to mind perhaps Eleanor Parker by way of Binnie Barnes. Tom Kennedy, the lovable Gahagan in the "Torchy Blane" series, plays Tracy's lovable sidekick Tiny. The movie's got thrills and chills, crosses and double-crosses, a fire rescue, an armored car robbery, a blimp, a kidnapping, a fried chicken stand in Kentucky, and the rare opportunity to see amiable character actor Donald Meek play a villain. All this with the historical backdrop of the establishment of the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

Not your usual second feature.


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