The Girl in the News (August 29, 1940)
Released on August 29, 1940: A young nurse is framed for two murders and everyone thinks that she is a serial killer, except for one man who believes in her innocence.
Produced by Edward Black
Directed by Carol Reed
Written by Roy Vickers with screenplay by Sidney Gilliat
The Actors: Margaret Lockwood (Anne Graham), Barry K. Barnes (Stephen Farringdon), Emlyn Williams (Tracy the butler), Roger Livesey (Bill Mather), Margaretta Scott (Judith Bentley), Wyndham Goldie (Edward Bentley), Basil Radford (Doctor Threadgrove), Irene Handl (Gertrude Mary Blaker), Mervyn Johns (James Featherwood, barber), Betty Jardine (Elsie, maid), Kathleen Harrison (cook), Felix Aylmer (Prosecuting Counsel), Roland Culver (Police Inspector), Mark Daly (taxi driver), Arthur Denton (ticket collector), Leo Glenn (Prosecuting Counsel), Bryan Herbert (witness), Michael Hordern (Assistant Prosecuting Counsel), Roddy Hughes (doctor), James Knight (traffic policeman), Gordon McLeod (Chief Inspector), Charles Paton (chemist), Jack Raine (Detective Smith), Edward Rigby (hospital secretary), Jerry Verno (Charlie, prisoner in police car)
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I Believe in You!
There are two ways to plan a story for a murder mystery . . . The authors can try to befuddle us and keep the identity of the killer a secret until the very last moment, trying to surprise us when the killer is revealed . . . The second way is to show us the killer from the very first, allowing us to watch the killer as he plots not only to kill, but to frame an innocent girl. If done correctly, showing us the killer as he matches wits against the cops and the framed victim can be an intensely suspenseful and entertaining story, and this motion picture is just that.
Legendary British actress Margaret Lockwood is a young and innocent home nurse who is tending to a manipulative and nasty lady who kills herself by taking an overdose of sleeping tablets, but it looks like the young nurse gave her the pills, and she goes on trial for murder. There isn't enough evidence to convict her, so she is released . . . Unfortunately she was soundly convicted by the newspapers and her life as a nurse seems to be over until . . . She receives a package at home that has a newspaper with a job opportunity circled . . . She applies for and takes the job caring for a man in a wheelchair.
We soon learn that the butler and the wife are having an affair, and the butler had attended the young nurse's trial, and we know now that the butler and the wife will surely kill the husband in the wheelchair and frame the young nurse. They indeed arrange for the nurse to deliver the poison to the husband with plenty of evidence pointing to the young nurse as the only person who could have given him the sleeping pill overdose.
There is surely no way the young nurse can escape the crushing justice of the court . . . Unless there is someone who believes in her. The newspapers have already convicted her, Scotland Yard thinks they have discovered a serial killer, and all of London believes that she is a homicidal maniac. There is one man who believes in her innocence, but will he be able to find the evidence that he needs to prove that the butler and the wife conspired to kill the husband in the wheelchair? Have the killers made any mistakes in their plot? Can one man who believes in her make a difference? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Barry K. Barnes and Betty Jardine
Barry K. Barnes, Gordon McLeod and Roger Livesey
Barry K. Barnes and Margaret Lockwood
Barry K. Barnes and Roger Livesey
Barry K. Barnes
Basil Radford and Margaret Lockwood
Emlyn Williams and Margaretta Scott
Margaret Lockwood and Roger Livesey
Margaret Lockwood in court
Mark Daly and Roger Livesey
Roger Livesey and Barry K. Barnes
Roger Livesey and Barry K. Barnes
Wyndham Goldie and Margaret Lockwood