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Five Star Final (1931)

Five Star Final (1931)

Five Star Final




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This film is an uncompromising look at the consequences of journalistic irresponsibility. Hounded by his publishers to pep up circulation with a sensational story, newspaper editor Edward G. Robinson decides to revive public interest in a long-ago murder case.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Byron Morgan, Robert Lord
In Theaters:
Vitaphone Corporation


Edward G. Robinson
as Joseph Randall
Marian Marsh
as Jenny Townsend
H.B. Warner
as Michael Townsend
Anthony Bushell
as Phillip Weeks
George E. Stone
as Ziggie Feinstein
Frances Starr
as Nancy Voorhees Towns...
Ona Munson
as Kitty Carmody
Boris Karloff
as `Reverend' Vernon Is...
Robert Elliott
as Brannegan
Aline MacMahon
as Miss Taylor
Oscar Apfel
as Hinchecliffe
Gladys Lloyd
as Miss Edwards
Evelyn Hall
as Mrs. Weeks
Harold Waldridge
as Arthur Goldberg
Polly Walters
as Telephone Operator
James Donlan
as Reporter
Frank Darien
as Schwartz
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Critic Reviews for Five Star Final

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This early entry in the Warner 'social protest' cycle hasn't worn nearly so well as Hecht-Milestone's much less solemn and self-righteous The Front Page.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This production races along without a desultory instant.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Five Star Final

Outstanding melodrama about the cold and heartless newspaper industry, and it is amazing how little things have changed with the press in eighty years. As always, Edward G. Robinson is terrific, Aline MacMahon stand out in a supporting role, as does H.B. Warner and Boris Karloff. It's a heart wrenchings story, skillfully told with solid direction from Mervyn LeRoy. A gem of a film with vivid characterizations and a skillfully written screenplay.

James Higgins

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