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Power of the Press (1943)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 January 1943 (USA)
During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play) (as Robert D. Andrews), Samuel Fuller (story) (as Sam Fuller)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Guy Kibbee ... Ulysses Bradford
Lee Tracy ... Griff Thompson
Gloria Dickson ... Edwina Stephens
Otto Kruger ... Howard Rankin
Victor Jory ... Oscar Trent
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Storyline

During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El poder de la prensa See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first film in which writer Samuel Fuller uses the character name "Griff". In many of his subsequent films as a writer and director, Fuller would have a character with the first or last name Griff. See more »

Quotes

Edwina Stephens: Freedom of the press means freedom to tell the truth. It doesn't mean freedom to twist the truth.
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Power of the Press
30 December 2011 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

Capra-esque (in fact, Capra even directed a movie with the same title years earlier) story of a humble small town editor trying to take down a big city isolationist publisher. The plot is fairly engaging and the script has some snappy lines, but it's all so thick with propaganda that it's hard to take seriously. Otto Kruger is so malicious and devious, he might as well be wearing a swastika on his arm. Heck, they practically call him a Nazi in a half dozen different ways anyway. Still, as heavy-handed and hokey as it is, it's kind of fun, and I enjoyed Gloria Dickson's performance as the loyal, brassy secretary (shades of Jean Arthur in MR. SMITH). The best of the three early features in the Sam Fuller box set, even if that's not a tough contest to win.


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