The Headline Woman (May 15, 1935)

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The Headline Woman
 

Released on May 15, 1935: A group of reporters help a disgraced beat cop become a Police Lieutenant by feeding him scoops so he can capture gangsters in exchange for inside information in the police department.

Directed by William Nigh

The Actors: Heather Angel (Myrna Van Buren), Roger Pryor (Bob Grayson), Ford Sterling (Hugo Meyer), Conway Tearle (Police Commissioner Frank Desmond), Robert Gleckler (editor Harry Chase), Russell Hopton (reporter Craig), Jack La Rue (Phil Zarias), Theodore von Eltz (Johnny 'Full House' Corinti), Morgan Wallace (Clarkey), Franklin Pangborn (reporter Hamilton), Ward Bond (reporter Johnson), Wade Boteler (Police Lieutenant Flanagan), Syd Saylor (reporter Murphy), George J. Lewis (reporter O'Shay), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Police Desk Sergeant Duffy), Wheeler Oakman (Panther Fielding), Lillian Miles (Trini), Warner Richmond (henchman Bradley), Harry Bowen (news photographer Ernie), Lynton Brent (henchman Page), Al Bridge (editor Baker), Edward Hearn (head waiter), Lloyd Ingraham (the Coroner), Guy Kingsford (taxi driver), Tony Martelli (first waiter), Jack Mulhall (Police Sergeant Blair), Jack Raymond (taxi driver), Charles Regan (croupier), Joan Standing (Chase's secretary Sadie)

 

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Myrna and the Seven Reporters

When I tell you about a crime story with a well-dressed society lady as the main suspect, you probably think it will be a dark and mysterious noir crime adventure . . . but this time you'd be wrong, because I could almost . . . . well, almost really . . . . Okay . . . I will label this incredible story as a crime comedy . . . . now I don't think that it was probably promoted as a comedy back in 1935, but gimme a break, there are just too many funny lines from funny people to ignore. With wise-cracking star Roger Pryor, and his reporter buddies like Franklin Pangborn, who couldn't look serious even if his mother were gravely ill . . . and Syd Saylor, the comic relief in many old flicks . . . and cowboy comic relief George 'Gabby' Hayes . . . and an amazing comic performance by Western star Ward Bond . . . Now tell me, with these characters leading the way how could we ever get into a suspenseful mood with terror in our hearts for the bad guy? And believe you me, there are classic bad guys in this story, like Jack La Rue, and Theodore von Eltz, Morgan Wallace, Wheeler Oakman and Warner Richmond . . . . my God what a collection of old movie stars in this murder mystery comedy! A veritable plethora of big names from the golden years of motion pictures! Oh . . . did I mention the lady? Well, there is a classy dame in this one who appears to have been the killer of gambling house owner Clarkey, from Clarkey's Cafe, with a nightclub out front, with a full casino in the rear. Ohhh, just wait until you find out who this gal really is . . . . it will knock your socks off! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy a great story with well-known actors in every scene.

Conway Tearle and Ford Sterling
Conway Tearle and Ford Sterling
Conway Tearle, Lillian Miles and Ford Sterling
Conway Tearle, Lillian Miles and Ford Sterling
Conway Tearle as Police Commissioner Frank Desmond
Conway Tearle as Police Commissioner Frank Desmond
Ford Sterling as policeman Hugo Meyer
Ford Sterling as policeman Hugo Meyer
Ford Sterling is promoted to Lieutenant
Ford Sterling is promoted to Lieutenant
Ford Sterling sits at home with a beer stein while the reporters face the mobster
Ford Sterling sits at home with a beer stein while the reporters face the mobster
Ford Sterling makes a deal with Roger Pryor
Ford Sterling makes a deal with Roger Pryor
Franklin Pangborn as reporter Hamilton
Franklin Pangborn as reporter Hamilton
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Ford Sterling
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Ford Sterling
George 'Gabby' Hayes as police desk sergeant Duffy
George 'Gabby' Hayes as police desk sergeant Duffy
George 'Gabby' Hayes as a policeman
George 'Gabby' Hayes as a policeman
Harry Bowen and Roger Pryor get a picture of the mysterious lady
Harry Bowen and Roger Pryor get a picture of the mysterious lady
Heather Angel and Roger Pryor
Heather Angel and Roger Pryor
Heather Angel as Myrna Van Buren
Heather Angel as Myrna Van Buren
Heather Angel turns herself in to the police commissioner
Heather Angel turns herself in to the police commissioner
Heather Angel in The Headline Woman
Heather Angel in The Headline Woman
Jack La Rue and Morgan Wallace
Jack La Rue and Morgan Wallace
Jack La Rue holds a gun on Roger Pryor
Jack La Rue holds a gun on Roger Pryor
Jack La Rue in The Headline Woman
Jack La Rue in The Headline Woman
Lillian Miles and Ford Sterling fight
Lillian Miles and Ford Sterling fight
Lloyd Ingraham as the Coroner
Lloyd Ingraham as the Coroner
Morgan Wallace and Wheeler Oakman
Morgan Wallace and Wheeler Oakman
Morgan Wallace as owner of the Clarkey Cafe
Morgan Wallace as owner of the Clarkey Cafe
Robert Gleckler in The Headline Woman
Robert Gleckler in The Headline Woman
Robert Gleckler on the phone in The Headline Woman
Robert Gleckler on the phone in The Headline Woman
Robert Gleckler as editor Harry Chase
Robert Gleckler as editor Harry Chase
Roger Pryor meets Heather Angel
Roger Pryor meets Heather Angel
Roger Pryor and Ford Stanley
Roger Pryor and Ford Stanley
Roger Pryor and Harry Bowen at Clarkey's Cafe
Roger Pryor and Harry Bowen at Clarkey's Cafe
Roger Pryor and Heather Angel share a cab
Roger Pryor and Heather Angel share a cab
Roger Pryor and Heather Angel
Roger Pryor and Heather Angel
Roger Pryor and Jack Mulhall
Roger Pryor and Jack Mulhall
Roger Pryor is arrested by Ford Sterling
Roger Pryor is arrested by Ford Sterling
Roger Pryor as Bob Grayson
Roger Pryor as Bob Grayson
Roger Pryor at Clarkeys
Roger Pryor at Clarkeys
Roger Pryor in The Headline Woman
Roger Pryor in The Headline Woman
Roger Pryor questions Heather Angel
Roger Pryor questions Heather Angel
Russell Hopton as reporter Craig
Russell Hopton as reporter Craig
Syd Saylor and Russell Hopton
Syd Saylor and Russell Hopton
Theodore von Eltz and Morgan Wallace
Theodore von Eltz and Morgan Wallace
Theodore von Eltz threatened by Morgan Wallace
Theodore von Eltz threatened by Morgan Wallace
Wade Boteler as Police Lieutenant Flanagan
Wade Boteler as Police Lieutenant Flanagan
Ward Bond as lazy reporter Johnson
Ward Bond as lazy reporter Johnson