Front Page Story (January 20, 1954)

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Front Page Story
 

Released on January 20, 1954: The news editor of the London Daily World is faced with stories about a woman who may have killed her husband, an American atomic scientist giving secrets to foreign spies, the plight of homeless children and the death of his cheating wife.

Produced by Jay Lewis

Directed by Gordon Parry

The Actors: Jack Hawkins (John Grant, news editor), Elizabeth Allan (Susan Grant), Eva Bartok (Mrs. Thorpe), Derek Farr (Tony Teale), Michael Goodliffe (Kennedy), Martin Miller (Doctor Brukmann), Walter Fitzgerald (Anthony Black), Patricia Marmont (Julie Black), Joseph Tomelty (Dan, reporter), Jenny Jones (Jenny Jones, little evicted girl), Stephen Vercoe (Bill Craig, Special Branch), Helen Haye (Susan's mother), Michael Howard (Barrow), John Stuart (counsel for the prosecutor), Bruce Beeby (counsel for the defense), Guy Middleton (Gentle), Ronald Adam (editor), Henry Mollison (Lester, rival reporter), Gordon Bell (Jackson), Tristan Rawson (the judge), Jack Lambert (unknown), Arthur Mullard (unknown)

 

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Atomic Secrets, Infidelity and Euthanasia

No buildings blow up in this story . . . No spectacular plane crashes . . . almost . . . No wicked villains with machine guns blasting . . . But if you enjoy stories that blow your mind . . . You will enjoy this one. Some movies permit you to relax your concentration and just roll with the story, and while you can do that with this story and enjoy the outer layer of the plot, if you are a thinking person you will be presented with three questions that have no easy answer. Ten people watching the story will each come to a different opinion . . . . What will your opinion be? We will experience one day in London . . . One normal, ordinary, sunny day in London . . . and the lives of the characters . . . Indeed the future of the world . . . may be forever changed. Our movie opens in the home of the news editor of the London Daily World. John Grant, played by Jack Hawkins, and his wife Susan are scheduled to go on holiday but workaholic Grant cancels the holiday to the great dismay of his wife. It is evident that their relationship is on the rocks, and we later learn that she will leave her husband this day because of an affair that she has been having with another man in our story. She is finished with her affair, but her respect for her workaholic husband causes her to go to the airport and fly out of his life forever. Grant heads to the office on Fleet Street in search of the big front page story for this day, and his choices are three. A group of poor children found alone in a deserted building are being hassled by the coppers so news editor Grant sends a lady reporter to photograph the little waifs and get a sob story for their plight. It turns out that the homeless mother of the children has been in an accident and is in hospital undergoing surgery. Grant and the reporter are faced with the plight of homelessness in London and what might be done, if anything. The second choice for a juicy front page story is taking place at the Old Bailey where a woman is on trial for murder. The woman was caring for her husband, the love of her life, and during his final days she refused to send him to hospice, determined to stay by his side and care for him to the end. The costs of doing this have forced her to sell the furniture and finally to put their dream home up for sale, but she will not abandon her husband. One day he dies of an overdose of the morphine that she was giving him to ease his pain, and she is being accused of murder. The third story that might hit the front page is about a nuclear scientist from America who travels to England for some unspoken reason . . . That may involve Atomic bombs and foreign spies and the future of the world. News editor Grant sends an older reporter who likes to take a nip a bit too often and isn't considered terribly reliable, but this will be a chance for his redemption if he can get a good story from the scientist. Stories will unfold that will require us to make mental choices about right and wrong, and none of our options are perfect . . . . People will die . . . You and I will be required to determine in our minds who is responsible and if there might have been a better way . . . Oh, and the plane crash? . . . The airplane that the news editor's cheating wife chooses to leave the country crashes on takeoff with no survivors . . . . Just another day in a busy newspaper editor's life, but this will not be John Grant's happiest day. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and put your thinking cap on.

Jack Hawkins as news editor John Grant
Jack Hawkins as news editor John Grant
Bruce Beeby and Guy Middleton
Bruce Beeby and Guy Middleton
Derek Farr
Derek Farr
Derek Farr and Elizabeth Allan
Derek Farr and Elizabeth Allan
Derek Farr and Jack Hawkins
Derek Farr and Jack Hawkins
Derek Farr and Patricia Marmont
Derek Farr and Patricia Marmont
Derek Farr
Derek Farr
Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan and Helen Haye
Elizabeth Allan and Helen Haye
Elizabeth Allan and Helen Haye
Elizabeth Allan and Helen Haye
Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan
Eva Bartok
Eva Bartok
Guy Middleton and Michael Goodliffe
Guy Middleton and Michael Goodliffe
Helen Haye
Helen Haye
Helen Haye
Helen Haye
Henry Mollison and Guy Middleton
Henry Mollison and Guy Middleton
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins and Michael Goodliffe
Jack Hawkins and Michael Goodliffe
Jack Hawkins and Patricia Marmont
Jack Hawkins and Patricia Marmont
Jack Hawkins and Ronald Adam
Jack Hawkins and Ronald Adam
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones and Jack Hawkins
Jenny Jones and Jack Hawkins
Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones
John Stuart
John Stuart
John Stuart
John Stuart
Joseph Tomelty
Joseph Tomelty
Joseph Tomelty
Joseph Tomelty
Martin Miller, Walter Fitzgerald and Jack Hawkins
Martin Miller, Walter Fitzgerald and Jack Hawkins
Martin Miller
Martin Miller
Michael Goodliffe
Michael Goodliffe
Michael Goodliffe
Michael Goodliffe
Michael Howard
Michael Howard
Patricia Marmont and Jack Hawkins
Patricia Marmont and Jack Hawkins
Patricia Marmont and Walter Fitzgerald
Patricia Marmont and Walter Fitzgerald
Patricia Marmont
Patricia Marmont
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam
Stephen Vercoe
Stephen Vercoe
Stephen Vercoe and Patricia Marmont
Stephen Vercoe and Patricia Marmont
Stephen Vercoe
Stephen Vercoe
Tristan Rawson
Tristan Rawson
Tristan Rawson
Tristan Rawson
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald and Derek Farr
Walter Fitzgerald and Derek Farr
Walter Fitzgerald and Martin Miller
Walter Fitzgerald and Martin Miller
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald