Exposure (August 20, 1932)
Released on August 20, 1932: A hot-shot newspaper reporter helps a young girl build the failing newspaper that she inherited from her father by turning it into a sensational tabloid.
Directed by Norman Houston
Written by Norman Houston.
The Actors: Lila Lee (Doris Corbin), Walter Byron (Andy Bryant), Tully Marshall (John Ward), Mary Doran (Gerry Ward), Bryant Washburn (Jimmy Delane), Pat O'Malley (Van Avery, city editor), Lee Moran (Nosey Newton), Spec O'Donnell (Inky), Nat Pendleton (maniac killer), Billy Bletcher (society editor), Sidney Bracey (Praskins, reporter), Harrison Greene (Maxie, city editor), Henry Hall (banker/investor), Jack Herrick (reporter), Mary Kornman (Eileen Foster, socialite), Broderick O'Farrell (banker/investor), Dick Rush (railroad station guard), Billy West (reporter)
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The Smart Reporter and the Smarter Woman
My first car was a 1961 Plymouth Pioneer that dad bought for me from a neighbor for $75. I was in the eleventh grade and had a summer and weekend job as a short order cook at the Howard Johnson's restaurant on the Pennsylvania turnpike at Somerset, Pennsylvania. The job gave me some spending money, and one of the first things I bought for the car was an ooo-gah horn for the car. I also got a leather steering wheel cover and a door-knob thingy that attached to the steering wheel so that I could grab it and steer easily with one hand. You say you don't know what an ooo-gah horn is? Listen carefully during the first few seconds of this newspaper adventure and you will hear a clear and distinct ooo-gah horn.
Walter Byron is a hot shot nationally recognized Broadway reporter who one day gets very drunk and wakes up across the country in a California train station. When he calls his boss for money to get back to New York he gets fired, and looks for work in the town he winds up in to earn enough money to get back to New York. Byron worked for a tabloid in New York, exposing scandal and corruption and sensational events. In this small two paper town he learns that one of the newspapers is about to go out of business, and he decides to help the young girl who inherited the failing newspaper build the paper back up again. Now, there are exciting plot lines and gangsters and battling competitors that will keep you entertained for the next hour, but the one thing that hit me hard was his relationship with the newspaper owner, young and beautiful Lila Lee. Byron falls for her in a big way and asks her to marry him, but she refuses to marry him. She says that she loves him too much, and knows that he hasn't touched a drop of booze since he met her, but cannot forget his past history of enjoying booze. He accepts her refusal in a good natured way and keeps on running her paper for her. Later, because of a dispute over whether to print a certain scandal or not, he resigns and wants to head back to New York. Now, with Byron ready to leave town, this gal, seeing her now-thriving newspaper falling back into failure because of his departure, all of a sudden tells him that she will marry him if he will stay. Now, is that true love, or just the way the business world works? Do all women learn in school how to manipulate their men in order to keep them just where they want them? They know just when to push and just when to back away so that their man obeys them willingly. Why, oh why doesn't someone teach us guys about this so that we can make more informed decisions? Why are men so dumb sometimes? What in the world are we thinking with? When will men attain equality with the women that have them wrapped around their fingers? I fear that we men may never rise to the level of the gals around us. Oh well, . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Henry Hall and Broderick O'Farrell
Lee Moran and Walter Byron
Lee Moran in the movie Exposure
Lee Moran gets a hot scoop on the phone
Lila Lee and Mary Kornman
Lila Lee listens to Mary Kornman's story about getting caught in a nightclub raid
Lila Lee in Exposure
Mary Doran and Bryant Washburn
Mary Doran and Walter Byron
Mary Doran in Exposure
Nat Pendleton as the maniac killer
Sidney Bracey and Walter Byron
Spec O'Donnell and Walter Byron
Tully Marshall and Lila Lee
Tully Marshall as John Ward, head of the competing newspaper
Walter Byron and Dick Rush
Walter Byron and Mary Doran
Walter Byron and Tully Marshall