With all of the fake stories being spread around and alternative facts used instead of actual ones, this film is a good reminder that you have to be careful what you believe. An excellent movie about a newspaper publishing its last editions, and its aggressive attack on a known mobster. Humphrey Bogart is a tough-as-nails crusader that decides to make a last stand for the public good. A fighter for the importance of honest journalism and the values of a free press, Bogart does an excellent job as the editor. The film brings up, a mere 65 years ago, issues that are relevant today - the tabloids versus real, factual news, and the meaning of a free press. `Stupidity isn't hereditary, you acquire it by yourself.' is only one of the great Bogart lines from this gripping pressroom thriller, a passionate plea for the value of a free press. The Chicago Tribune has called this the best journalism movie ever made. Absolutely right. If you want to see a movie that actually shows you what life is like inside a newsroom, how reporters work together to get a story, and how "the story" is not always about the big expose but sometimes just about getting the little details right, this is your movie. In Pete Hamill's ``News is a Verb,'' he recommends that all journalists watch this at least once a year. After you've seen it, you'll agree. Great story, great acting and, more importantly, forces you to remember why you became a journalist in the first place - to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. This wonderful 1952 film wins on all levels. The scene of the "wake" for the death of the newspaper is wonderful, and also some inventive camera pans on continuous action in many scenes. The script is well done and keeps the action moving along. Also it is subtle and understated and not rampant with most of today's instant-soup scripts.
Humphrey Bogart, Kim Hunter, Ethel Barrymore, Ed Begley.