Blessed Event (1932)
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as Alvin 'Al' Roberts
as Frankie Wells
as Gladys 'Glad' Price
as Mrs. Roberts
as Miss Stevens
as Louis Miller
as Office Boy
as Mrs. Roberts
as Miss Bauman
as Bell Boy
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[font=Century Gothic]"Blessed Event" is a breezy romp through the insane world of tabloid journalism that starts with Louis Miller(Walter Walker) receiving a ton of complaints about the recent gossip columns by George Moxley(Ned Sparks) in his newspaper. He is relieved to hear that Moxley is on vacation and that Alvin Roberts(Lee Tracy) has been writing them in the interim. Roberts' specialty and what has been angering his audience so much is the announcement of pregnancies in New York society. Ironically, it is implied that such an announcement would never be made for Roberts' biggest target, bandleader Bunny Harmon(Dick Powell). Happy at the attention the paper has been receiving, Miller promotes Roberts to full time. This decision leads to a huge increase in circulation for the newspaper.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Just remember one thing. It is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt or threatened by a gangster. This just goes to show you that nothing much has changed.[/font]
78/100. A fast moving and acerbic view of journalism that still rings true today. The cast is terrific, Lee Tracy as the fast talking columnist is excellent, Ruth Donnelly is wonderful as his wise cracking assistant and Allen Jenkins has a good bit as well. Good camerawork, and it's very well written. Wonderful.
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