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Film of the Week #285: Scandal Sheet (1952)
The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.
#115 on 500<400, with 305 checks.
Nominated by Cocoa and joachimt.
This movie fits the current 1950s Challenge.
Here #115(⇧88, #203) Scandal Sheet (1952)
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Directed by: Phil Karlson
(530.56 Pts, 17 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 1–1–5
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This is a good, dependable Noir fastball. Snappy dialogue, lurid details, immoral characters in every direction. Phil Karlson, who did The Phenix City Story, knows how to make a good, gritty noir. The noose draws tighter with every scene, making this pace like a race against the clock. I liked the strict focus on the investigation instead of the characters. Harry Morgan steals the film as the gleefully amoral photographer. BTW, this comes off more as the inspiration for No Way Out than The Big Clock does.
Broderick Crawford has got the look, the size and especially the voice. However, his delivery is flat in places. He talks fast to sound authoritative, but it sometimes saps his dialogue of emotion. Still he gets by on presence and by the quality of the rest of the film.
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don't have a lot to add to what @1SO said except that there's a leap in logic made about whodunit that doesn't really make sense to me - where's the proof? Even a wide-eyed novice reporter should be asking hard questions like that and Derek's character is already too jaded - well, unless you buy the idea that all he cares about is how to spin the story.
Otherwise the writing is good and keeps the story moving along. While we all know how things will likely turn out, I was curious to see how they got us there. No real complaints about the acting, sets (other than the obvious rear-screen projection), and design choices. Was an interesting watch though all-in-all I'd say it was what I'd call average - had all the pieces and no huge problems but nothing that really grabbed me.
Nice to finally come across a FotW I hadn't already seen.
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Saw this a few years ago and must have liked it well enough since I rated it 7.4/10, but I don't remember anything really standing out about it. Good solid film that was generally enjoyable. I think I might have included it in my <400 list the first year, but I've pared the list since and it's no longer on my ballot.