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Off the Record (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 21 January 1939 (USA)
Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott
Joan Blondell ... Jane Morgan
Bobby Jordan ... Mickey Fallon
Alan Baxter ... Joe Fallon
William B. Davidson ... Scotty
Morgan Conway ... Lou Baronette
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Jaeggers
Selmer Jackson ... Det. Mendall
Addison Richards ... Brand
Pierre Watkin ... Barton
Joe King ... Brown
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... J.W.
Armand Kaliz ... Chatteau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George O'Hanlon ... Messenger Boy
Moroni Olsen ... Juvenal Court Judge


Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket the boy was a spotter for. Guilt-ridden, Jane convinces Breezy that they should marry in order to adopt Mickey so they can get him out of reform school. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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Love Bites Man See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The setting is suggested as New York City in the very beginning by a few notes of the song "The Sidewalks of New York". In the double exposure of newspaper headlines/marble games (pinball) being destroyed by sledgehammers, the destruction depicts true events. Pinball machines were declared illegal and destroyed in New York City at that time. They remained illegal there until 1976. See more »


Thomas 'Breezy' Elliott: You guessed it, Marmaduke!
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The title card and credits are all headlines and stories appearing in a newspaper. See more »


Referenced in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) See more »

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Decent B Movie
12 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Off the Record (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A reporter (Joan Blondell) does a story about mobsters hiring kids to guard various gambling rackets, which sets off a fire storm that gets one kid's (Bobby Jordan) brother thrown into jail. The kid, in return, gets sent to reform school, which causes the reporter to feel bad so she marries her editor (Pat O'Brien) so that they can adopt the kid. This Warner "B" film tries to mix various genres but as you can tell, it's basically THE FRONT PAGE meets any gangster period from that era mixed in with an East Side Kids type drama. Jordan, a veteran of the child group, does a pretty good job in his role, although his more emotional scenes don't come off too well. It's the cast that makes this thing worth viewing as Blondell and O'Brien offer up great performances and really deliver the goods. The two have great chemistry together as their comic timing is perfect. Both also share quite a few good scenes with the young Jordan. The movie runs a fast paced 71-minutes, which flows by for the first hour but then loses a bit of steam as we get a silly and predictable side plot dealing with the kid's brother wanting help to break out of prison. This all leads to a predictable conclusion but fans of the "B" genre will get a kick out of the film due to its cast. Fans of them will want to check this out but others can stay clear.

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