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Paper Orchid (April 1, 1949)

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Paper Orchid
 

Released on April 1, 1949: The first lady reporter on the big London newspaper finds a dead body in her apartment, and she is the prime suspect.

Produced by John R. Sloan

Directed by Roy Ward Baker

The Actors: Hugh Williams (Frank McSweeney), Hy Hazell (Stella Mason), Sidney James (Freddy Cuthbert Evans), Garry Marsh ('Johnny' Johnson), Andrew Cruickshank (Inspector Clement Pill), Ivor Barnard (Eustace Crabb), Walter Hudd (Briggs, news editor), Ella Retford (Lady Croup), Hughie Green (Harold Croup), Vida Hope (Jonquil Jones), Frederick Leister (Walter Wibberley, owner of the World Record newspaper), Ray Ellington (himself, the Ray Ellington Quartet), Roger Moore (unknown), Kenneth Morgan (Peter), Vernon Greeves (John Dean), Patricia Owens (Mary McSweeney), Rolf Lefebvre (unknown)

 
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The Newspaper Killer

Before I finish this you will know the most horrible true fact about the murder victim in this story . . . The real, behind-the-scenes story of the murder victim that I hope will not destroy your eagerness to watch the movie. Our story opens in the London offices of the National, a grand old newspaper owned by Sir Croup. The newspaper editor and his staff manage to put out a great newspaper in spite of the efforts of doughty old Sir Croup, and as our story opens Managing Editor 'Mac' McSweeny interviews a gal who wants to be a news reporter, treated like all the men, in an age where women were still unwelcome in the world of hard working and hard drinking newspaper reporters. McSweeney, played by Hugh Williams, for some reason decides to give the beautiful lady a chance, despite the warnings of all the editors around him. The way the dialogue and music was going, I figured that this would be a women's liberation type comedy with Stella Mason, played by Hy Hazell, ready to turn the newspaper office upside down and take on the publishing business like no woman has ever done to date . . . After hiring the first lady reporter on the newspaper we learn of the death of Sir Croup, and meet his widow, Lady Croup, who intends to take over the managing of the newspaper and make all of the daily decisions herself . . . My theory about the men vs. the women in a rousing comedy was still good to go . . . But I was wrong . . . After hinting at such a delicious comedy theme, the screenwriters suddenly injected a murder . . . with our gal reporter as the only suspect. Wow, this story just got wings . . . And now before you begin, know that the murder victim is a sculptor named Peter, played by actor Kenneth Morgan. He had appeared in bit parts in a couple of tv movies and one other theater movie before getting the small part of the murdered sculptor in this story, but tragically he took his own life on March 1, 1949 . . . Exactly one month before this movie hit theaters on April 1, 1949. Life imitates art once in a while, sometimes tragically . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the story.

Andrew Cruickshank
Andrew Cruickshank
Ella Retford
Ella Retford
Ella Retford
Ella Retford
Frederick Leister
Frederick Leister
Garry Marsh and Hugh Williams
Garry Marsh and Hugh Williams
Garry Marsh
Garry Marsh
Hugh Williams and Andrew Cruickshank
Hugh Williams and Andrew Cruickshank
Hugh Williams and Frederick Leister
Hugh Williams and Frederick Leister
Hugh Williams and Walter Hudd
Hugh Williams and Walter Hudd
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hughie Green and Hy Hazell
Hughie Green and Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell and Hugh Williams
Hy Hazell and Hugh Williams
Hy Hazell and Vernon Greeves
Hy Hazell and Vernon Greeves
Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell
Hy Hazell
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard and Ella Retford
Ivor Barnard and Ella Retford
Ivor Barnard and Hugh Williams
Ivor Barnard and Hugh Williams
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Patricia Owens
Patricia Owens
Ray Ellington
Ray Ellington
Sidney James
Sidney James
Sidney James
Sidney James
Vida Hope and Hy Hazell
Vida Hope and Hy Hazell
Vida Hope and Sidney James
Vida Hope and Sidney James
Vida Hope
Vida Hope
Walter Hudd
Walter Hudd