Five Star Final (1931)

Five Star Final (1931)

Five Star Final




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A muckraking newspaper editor is forced to take a long, hard look at his dirty profession when his manipulative tactics result in death and disgrace for a beleaguered family. This hard-hitting pre-code talkie, adapted from a stage production, features a bravura performance from Edward G. Robinson.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Byron Morgan, Robert Lord
In Theaters:
Vitaphone Corporation


as Joseph Randall

as Jenny Townsend

as Michael Townsend

as Phillip Weeks

as Ziggie Feinstein

as Nancy Voorhees Towns...

as Kitty Carmody

as `Reverend' Vernon Is...

as Brannegan

as Miss Taylor

as French

as Hinchecliffe

as Miss Edwards

as Mrs. Weeks

as Arthur Goldberg

as Telephone Operator

as Reporter

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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