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Park Row

Park Row (1952)


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In the 1880s, a New York City newspaper editor struggles to keep his publication from being swallowed up by his former employer, who uses dirty tactics.


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Enthusiasm flows into every nook and cranny of this cozy movie: when violence breaks out in the cramped-looking set of the title street, the camera weaves in and out of the buildings as through they were a sports arena, in a single take.

January 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In this heartfelt portrait of the artist as choleric muckraker, Fuller is a stirred engineer keeping an unflagging flow of cracked energy between performers and lenses

November 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion

I decided to revisit an old favorite I hadn't seen in decades, Samuel Fuller's Park Row, and I'm delighted to report that it holds up 100%. If you're unfamiliar with Fuller's work I don't know how to prepare you; it is unique in all of American...

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

It of course lost money but remained the director's personal favorite and one of his masterpieces.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Another strong, if lesser-known, depiction of the ruthless, cutthroat newspaper industry.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

The Citizen Kane of B-movies, an absolute masterpiece born fully-formed from one very singular mind.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Gritty drama about a newspaper war in NYC in 1886.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Park Row

Wow. What an entertaining little film. Kind of a poor man's Citizen Kane without the mystery or the multiple viewpoints. Some wild camera moves (and hack dialogue) by director Sam Fuller. Thanks TCM!
January 22, 2008

Super Reviewer

fuller's favorite of his own films. well, he was a newspaperman. it's not my favorite but it's interesting enough. gene evans is effective as always but the 'love story' didn't really work for me
March 31, 2013
Stella Dallas

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If Citizen Kane had a scrappy, not as well shot, but still frickin AWESOME, cousin, It would be Park Row. The film by it's own admission is a love letter to journalism and is well worth seeking out. Sam Fuller rules!
August 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

In "Park Row," it is 1886 when Phineas Mitchell(Gene Evans), feeling that the newspaper that he works for, The Star, is responsible for the railroading of an innocent man to the gallows, makes an impromptu monument for him in Potters Field. In response, Charity Hackett(Mary Welch), the newspaper's publisher, fires him and Jeff Hudson(Dick Elliott). Before Mitchell can fully destroy his liver, Charles Leach(Forrest Taylor), a printer, wants him to put his money where Mitchell's mouth is by creating a newspaper, The Globe, that Mitchell has always dreamed of. Once Mitchell accepts the deal, The Globe's first story is Steve Brodie(George O'Hanlon) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge.

"Park Row" has a crackling story that is filled with historical detail, thus making it one of the most entertaining lectures you might ever see, however fictionalized the story. Samuel Fuller's rousing ode to the golden age of newspapers is set at a time when all it took to publish a newspaper was paper, some money and huge balls(or ovaries, as the case may be.). That's not to say that newspapers did not have responsibility to tell the truth, considering the power they had to shape public opinion, as Fuller ably demonstrates here. All of which is as relevant in 1952 when the movie was made when there were 1772 daily newspapers as it is today when newspapers are an endangered species but still no less important.
July 24, 2012
Walter M.

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