Here's Flash Casey (January 7, 1938)
Released on January 7, 1938: Flash Casey is a newspaper photographer always in hot water and living on the edge of danger.
Directed by Lynn Shores
Written by John W. Krafft and George Harmon Coxe.
The Actors: Eric Linden (Flash Casey), Boots Mallory (Kay Lanning), Cully Richards (Wade), Holmes Herbert (Major Addison), Joseph Crehan (Blaine), Howard Lang (Pop Lawrence), Victor Adams (Ricker), Harry Harvey (Gus Payton), Suzanne Kaaren (Mitzi LaRue), Matty Kemp (Rodney Addison), Dorothy Vaughan (Mrs. O'Hara), Maynard Holmes (Joe Gordon), Sven Hugo Borg (blonde student), Lynton Brent (pharmacist), Don Brodie (Doyle, reporter), Leonard Carey (garden party waiter), Virginia Dabney (Chloe, Payton's moll), Lester Dorr (Miller, reporter), Carl Faulkner (police officer), Ben Hall (man who finds camera in phone booth), Eric Mayne (Harold, party guest), Robert Morgan (groom at wedding), Spec O'Donnell (copy boy Billy), Henry Otto (Dock Warden), Hal Price (police sergeant), Ronald R. Rondell (auctioneer), Denny Sullivan (henchman Denny).
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When I was a little kid there were two big photo magazines in America, Life Magazine, which published from 1936 until 2000, and Look Magazine, which ran from 1937 until 1971. In 1938 when this crime adventure was filmed both magazines were fledgling new ventures into a brave new world. Cameras were getting better and better, motion pictures were becoming more common, and pictures were quickly replacing the written word as the principle method of learning about the world around us. Pictures overtook books so drastically beginning in these years that in the 1950's book publishers paid home builders to offer to build library shelves into the dens of new homes. Of course, with beautiful new hardwood library shelving in one room of your new home . . . you needed to buy a bunch of books to fill the shelves. And this worked to prop up the book publishing industry for many years. Our world continues to evolve because of the advances of technology today and I recently heard that the historically famous daily newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, the Plain Dealer, may stop publishing daily, and maybe close for good. And they are not alone . . . all printed news publications are struggling to keep enough readers to be profitable. We now get our news, pictures, videos and other information almost instantly from our computer or iPad or android tablet. By the time that a newspaper or magazine organizes and prints and delivers their publication, it is old news.
But lets go back to 1938 when pictures in newspapers and magazines ruled the information world. Our big city newspaper has tried to start a photo publication, and the old school news editor is determined to squash this new photo competition to his popular newspaper. Enter young Flash Casey, fresh out of college and ready to become the world's best photographer. With his unbounded enthusiasm he fights his way through the beaurocracy that was designed to blunt and kill his initiative. He does much better with the society editor, beautiful young Kay Lanning, and along with a competing reporter saves the day by helping to capture the gangster and his henchmen that are blackmailing the best and the brightest in the big city. Pop a bowl of white kernel popcorn and enjoy a refreshing newspaper adventure caper that will restore your faith in the youngsters that become adults and charge ahead into the world that the old fogies have created for them.
Boots Mallory as Kay Lanning, newspaper society editor and sob sister columnist
Eric Linden as 'Flash' Casey, young wanna be newspaper photographer
Ben Hall finds Casey's camera in the pharmacy phone booth
Boots Mallory and Howard Lang talk about 'Flash' Casey
Boots Mallory gets bumped onto her butt by Flash Casey
Carl Faulkner is a plice officer who keeps Flash Casey off of the arriving steam ship.
Cully Richards as reporter Wade
Don Brodie and Lester Dorr
Don Brodie, as reporter Wade
Don Brodie in Here's Flash Casey
Dorothy Vaughan as Mrs. O'Hara, Casey's landlady
Eric Linden and Boots Mallory
Eric Linden and Cully Richards spot the gangsters car
Eric Linden and Cully Richards in the editor's office
Eric Linden and Hal Price
Eric Linden and Howard Lang
Hal Price in Here's Flash Casey
Hal Price at the police station
Harry Harvey as Gus Payton
Harry Harvey, as Gus Payton, chats with gangster Ricker
Holmes Herbert and Matty Kemp
Holmes Herbert as Major Addison
Howard Lang as Pop Lawrence, editor of the photo magazine
Joseph Crehan as newspaper editor Blaine
Lynton Brent as a pharmacist in Here's Flash Casey
Flash Casey's photo of Victor Adams shooting the newspaper owner
Spec O'Donnell and Eric Linden
Spec O'Donnell is surprised as he looks at a photo
Spec O'Donnell in Here's Flash Casey
Suzanne Kaaren kissing Matty Kemp
Suzanne Kaaren in Here's Flash Casey
Sven Hugo Borg
Victor Adams, Harry Harvey and Virginia Dabney
Victor Adams and Harry Harvey
Victor Adams as gangster Ricker
Victor Adams in Here's Flash Casey
Virginia Dabney as Chloe the gangsters moll