Roar of the Press (April 18, 1941)

Jean Parker and Wallace Ford in The Roar of the Press
 

Released on April 18, 1941: (running time 1 hour and 10 minutes) The new bride of a hot-shot newspaper reporter discovers that chasing a big story is more important than their honeymoon.

Produced by Scott R. Dunlap

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Jean Parker (Alice Williams), Wallace Ford (Wally Williams), Jed Prouty (Gordon MacEwan), Suzanne Kaaren (Angela Brooks, reporter's wife), Harland Tucker (Harry Brooks, reporter), Evalyn Knapp (Evelyn, newspaper classified editor), Robert Frazer (Louis Detmar), Dorothy Lee (Frances Harris, scorned lover from Chicago), John Holland (Robert Mallon), Maxine Leslie (Mrs. Mabel Leslie, reporter's wife), Paul Fix ('Sparrow' McGraun, numbers racketeer), Betty Compson (Mrs. Thelma Tate, reporter's wife), Byron Foulger (Eddie Tate, reporter for the Examiner), Matty Fain (Nick Paul, henchman), Eddie Foster (Fingers, numbers runner), Charles King (Police Lieutenant Homer Thomas), Frank O'Connor (Police Lieutenant Jim Hall), Dennis Moore (Jim Leslie, reporter), Robert Pittard (Tommy the newsboy), Lynton Brent (reporter with the mustache), Jack Cheatham (reporter), Lester Dorr (hotel desk clerk), Pat Gleason (reporter), I. Stanford Jolley (pedestrian finding the note), Donald Kerr ('Red' Kean, photographer), Charles McMurphy (the first policeman), Jack Perrin (reporter), Frank Cady Mildred Shay (Helen)

 

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Newspaper Reporter’s Honeymoon and the War Sabateurs

Luise Stephanie Zelinska, who became actor Jean Parker, was born in Butte, Montana. Her father tried being a gunsmith and hunter in Montana, but eventually roamed to California looking for work, finally getting a job as a cook at the Green Hotel in Pasadena. Jean also got odd jobs to help the family while attending high school. During this time Francis Lucas, the son of a wealthy family, would occasionally take her out on the town, spending money on her for dinner and dancing that she could only dream about.

The wealthy Lucas family thought of Jean as part of the family, often including her at family events. Years later the Lucas family fortune disappeared, and they were poverty-stricken. Jean Parker’s career had made her wealthy, and she shared generously with the Lucas family, repaying some of the kindness that they had shown her when she was younger.

In 1932, at the age of 16, Jean Parker wore a bathing suit in a float in the Pasadena Rose Parade, and a picture of her on the float was in the next morning’s newspaper. Ida Koverman, an assistant to movie mogul Louis B. Mayer showed her picture to the boss and he called her on the telephone offering her a movie screen test. She never became a superstar but was always busy making ‘B’ movies for more than thirty years.

In this adventure she is the leading lady, who marries a hot-shot New York newspaper reporter when he visits her rural town on assignment. As our story opens, the newlywed couple is flying to New York City. Their honeymoon will be a spectacular beginning to a wonderful marriage during the four days he has off from his job. The owner of the best hotel in the city has given them the penthouse suite to seal their marriage with a romantic honeymoon. Four days of solitude and bliss atop the finest hotel in the city - What could go wrong? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Betty Compson
Betty Compson
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Charles King
Charles King
Dennis Moore
Dennis Moore
Eddie Foster
Eddie Foster
Evalyn Knapp
Evalyn Knapp
Frank O'Connor, Charles King
Frank O'Connor, Charles King
Harland Tucker, Jed Prouty
Harland Tucker, Jed Prouty
Harland Tucker, Jed Prouty
Harland Tucker, Jed Prouty
I. Stanford Jolley
I. Stanford Jolley
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jean Parker, Betty Compson
Jean Parker, Betty Compson
Jean Parker, Suzanne Kaaren
Jean Parker, Suzanne Kaaren
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Jed Prouty
Jed Prouty
Jed Prouty, Dorothy Lee
Jed Prouty, Dorothy Lee
Jed Prouty
Jed Prouty
John Holland
John Holland
Lester Dorr
Lester Dorr
Matty Fain, Paul Fix
Matty Fain, Paul Fix
Maxine Leslie
Maxine Leslie
Pat Gleason
Pat Gleason
Paul Fix
Paul Fix
Paul Fix, Eddie Foster
Paul Fix, Eddie Foster
Robert Frazer
Robert Frazer
Robert Frazer, John Holland, Matty Fain
Robert Frazer, John Holland, Matty Fain
Robert Frazer, John Holland
Robert Frazer, John Holland
Robert Pittard
Robert Pittard
Suzanne Kaaren, Maxine Leslie
Suzanne Kaaren, Maxine Leslie
Wallace Ford, Byron Foulger
Wallace Ford, Byron Foulger
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker
Wallace Ford, Paul Fix
Wallace Ford, Paul Fix
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker
Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker
Wallace Ford, Jean Parker