The Back Page (June 1, 1934)

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The Back Page
 

Released on June 1, 1934: A young girl reporter takes over a small town newspaper and discovers that corruption and manipulation of the news is not only a big city problem.

Produced by Lee Cordova

Directed by Anton Lorenze

The Actors: Peggy Shannon (Jerry Hampton), Russell Hopton (Brice Regal), Claude Gillingwater (Sam Webster), Edwin Maxwell (Martin Blake, banker), Sterling Holloway (Bill Giddings), Rockliffe Fellowes (John Levings), Richard Tucker (John H. Smith), Bryant Washburn (New York City editor Barman), David Callis (Nathan Young), Sidney Bracey (Edgar Ashe), Ottola Nesmith (Gertrude Mellon), Harvey Clark (Luke Collins), Maude Truax (Mrs. Emma Blake), Hayden Stevenson (Barrows), Otto Hoffman (lawyer), Virginia Brooks (unknown), Nelson McDowell (unknown)

 
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A Woman's Place . . .

Cub reporter Jerry Hampton is working on a big New York City newspaper and has just uncovered the biggest story ever, but the editor refuses to print the story because one of the people involved in the story is a big shot friend of the editor and the newspaper won't print any bad news about someone it likes . . . . It seems that back in the 1930's 'freedom of the press' meant that they were free to ignore news stories if it wasn't news that they agreed with . . . . They only printed bad news about people they didn't like . . . . I'm sure glad the news business is different today . . . . ahem . . . I must have drifted . . . . Back to the story . . . When Jerry is fired for daring to bring in a story about a friend of the editor, Jerry decides to leave New York City and head to a small town where truth is the most important thing to print . . . . Did I mention that Jerry is a beautiful young woman? . . . . Yup . . . . And in 1934 a woman's place is definitely not in the business world . . . . But the world has not met Jerry Hampton yet. The old editor of the Apex Advocate would like to slow down, but he wants a young man to take over, not a beautiful girl like Jerry . . . . He tells her that anyone as pretty as she is could never be smart enough to run a newspaper . . . . Even a broken down small town rag like his. Jerry is very persuasive though, and he gives her a month to see what she can do. Unfortunately the small town banker is a big skunk and Jerry soon learns that power and money can be very difficult to disagree with. Jerry learns that the banker has convinced a lot of poor townsfolk to invest in an oil well venture even though he knows that there probably isn't any oil in the area. A lot of people who invested their life savings with the wealthy banker will be out of luck when they discover that they have been sold stock in a phony oil well deal . . . . What is Jerry to do? . . . . How can a pretty young girl expose the corruption of the biggest man in town without getting crushed under the power of his influence and money? . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bryant Washburn
Bryant Washburn
Claude Gillingham and Peggy Shannon
Claude Gillingham and Peggy Shannon
Claude Gillingham and Sidney Bracey
Claude Gillingham and Sidney Bracey
Claude Gillingham meets Peggy Shannon
Claude Gillingham meets Peggy Shannon
Claude Gillingham
Claude Gillingham
David Callis and Peggy Shannon
David Callis and Peggy Shannon
David Callis and Peggy Shannon
David Callis and Peggy Shannon
Harvey Clark
Harvey Clark
Ottola Nesmith and Sterling Holloway
Ottola Nesmith and Sterling Holloway
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
PEggy Shannon and David Callis
PEggy Shannon and David Callis
Peggy Shannon and Edwin Maxwell
Peggy Shannon and Edwin Maxwell
Peggy Shannon and Ottola Nesmith
Peggy Shannon and Ottola Nesmith
Peggy Shannon and Rockliffe Fellowes
Peggy Shannon and Rockliffe Fellowes
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
Peggy Shannon
Richard Tucker, Peggy Shannon, David Callis and Edwin Maxwell
Richard Tucker, Peggy Shannon, David Callis and Edwin Maxwell
Richard Tucker, Peggy Shannon and David Callis
Richard Tucker, Peggy Shannon and David Callis
Richard Tucker and Peggy Shannon
Richard Tucker and Peggy Shannon
Rockliffe Fellowes and Ottola Nesmith
Rockliffe Fellowes and Ottola Nesmith
Rockliffe Fellowes
Rockliffe Fellowes
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Stanley Holloway and Peggy Shannon
Stanley Holloway and Peggy Shannon
Sterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway