Deadline - U.S.A.


Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)




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An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by screenwriter/director Richard Brooks in Deadline - USA. Humphrey Bogart stars as crusading editor Ed Hutcheson, whose newspaper is on the verge of closing thanks to the machinations of the mercenary daughter (Audrey Christie) of Mrs. Garrison (Ethel Barrymore), the paper's owner. Though he and his staff will all be out of work within a few days, Hutcheson intends to go out with a bang, exposing the criminal activities of "untouchable" gang boss Rienzi (Martin Gabel). Despite numerous disappointments and setbacks, Hutcheson achieves a pyrrhic victory as the film draws to a close. Throughout the story, the many pressures brought to bear upon a big-city newspaper--political, commercial, etc.--are realistically detailed, as is the relationship between Hutcheson and his ex-wife Nora (Kim Hunter). The cast of Deadline USA is uniformly excellent, from featured players Warren Stevens, Jim Backus, Paul Stewart Fay Baker and Ed Begley to such unbilled performers as Tom Browne Henry, Raymond Greenleaf, Tom Powers, and Kasia Orzazewski (essentially reprising her unforgettable characterization in Call Northside 777).


Humphrey Bogart
as Ed Hutcheson
Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Garrison
Paul Stewart
as Thompson
Joyce Mackenzie
as Kitty Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie
as Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker
as Alice Garrison Courtney
Jim Backus
as Cleary
Fay Roope
as Judge
Parley Baer
as Headwaiter
Bette Francine
as Telephone Operator
John Doucette
as City news editor
June Eisner
as Bentley
Harry Tyler
as Headline writer
Joe Sawyer
as Whitey
Florence Shirley
as Barndollar
Kasia Orzazewski
as Mrs. Schmidt
Alex Gerry
as Attorney Prentiss
Irene Vernon
as Mrs. Burrows
William Forrest
as Mr. Greene
Edward Keane
as Mr. Blake
Clancy Cooper
as Capt. Finlay
Tom Powers
as Wharton
Howard Negley
as Police sergeant
Phillip Terry
as Lewis Schaefer
Joseph Mell
as Lugerman
Luther Crockett
as National editor
Joseph Crehan
as City editor
Lawrence Dobkin
as Lawyer Hansen
Tudor Owen
as Watchman
Harris Brown
as Al Murray
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Although it was made over a half-century ago, expect to find plenty of topicality in Deadline - U.S.A., a sturdy drama about life at a big-city newspaper.

Jul 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Deadline-U.S.A. is set in a fantasy world, although the pleasantness of that fantasy (like most nostalgia about the 1950s) depends on whether or not you are a straight white man.

Jul 26, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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