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Sued for Libel (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 27 October 1939 (USA)
The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Wolfe Kaufman (story), Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ... Steve Lonegan
Linda Hayes ... Maggie Shane
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Muriel Webster
Morgan Conway ... Albert Pomeroy
Richard Lane ... Smiley Dugan
Roger Pryor ... District Attorney Willard Corbin
Thurston Hall ... David Hastings
Emory Parnell ... Jerome Walsh
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Colonel Jasper White
Keye Luke ... Chang Howe
Edward Earle ... Judge Samuel Clark
Vinton Hayworth ... Dr. James L. Bailer (as Jack Arnold)
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Trent
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Storyline

The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, owned by the Evening Bulletin, Steve Lonegan waits for a flash from Smiley Dugan so he can broadcast the verdict---But Dugan leaves and asks reporter Maggie Dugan to tip him off it something happens...and something happens when the jury comes in unexpectedly,and this jury comes in with a "Not Guilty" verdict. But fun-loving Maggie, as a gag, phones Smiley and tells him Pomeroy was found guilty, and unreliable Smiley relays this false information to Lonegan who tells a waiting world that Pomeroy was found guilty, signs off the air, locks up the station and goes home...and leaves the station wide open for a million-dollar libel suit. Lonegan and Colonel White decide that the only out from paying Pomeroy a million bucks in a libel-suit is to dig up something on Pomeroy that will force him to drop the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Did this woman kill in a jealous rage? Could she be guilty of the strange murders that had a household fearing for its life? See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Difamación See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Steve Lonegan: Colonel, a man never lived who didn't do something he wouldn't want in a newspaper. I'm going back into Pomeroy's private life. I'll get something on him, even if it's nothing worse than a blonde. And when I do, I'll threaten to plaster it over that front page unless he withdraws that suit.
Colonel Jasper White: But, Steve, that's blackmail!
Steve Lonegan: Sure it is. Do you mind?
Colonel Jasper White: I love it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on pieces of paper being read over by someone, with the reader's hands included in the frame. See more »

Connections

References The Road Back (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played by the radio station band for the wedding re-enactment
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An Exceptionally Good Programmer
26 July 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This taut mystery, filmed just before "noir" began, is genuinely suspenseful. It has a wonderful jazzy rhythm.

The scenes in which a radio show is being broadcast are fun and -- it seems -- accurate. Keye Luke is as always an asset, here as one of the radio players.

Linda Hayes is a great, angular heroine, looking a bit like Katharine Hepburn. And Lillian Bond, in a crucial role, looks fabulous --especially with the wind blowing her hair in a convertible. She looks a little like Clara Bow and a lot like someone who could have been a star in the 1970-90s.

Calling all cars: Be on the lookout for this little gem!


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