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Park Row (1952)

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.

Cast

Gene Evans
as Phineas Mitchell
Mary Welch
as Charity Hackett
Herbert Heyes
as Josiah Davenport
Bela Kovacs
as Ottmar Mergenthaler
Tina Rome
as Jenny O'Rourke
Tina Pine
as Jenny O'Rourke
George O'Hanlon
as Steve Brodie
J.M. Kerrigan
as Dan O'Rourke
Forrest Taylor
as Charles A. Leach
Don Orlando
as Mr. Angelo
Neyle Morrow
as Thomas Guest
Dick Elliott
as Jeff Hudson
Stuart Randall
as Mr. Spiro
Hal K. Dawson
as Mr. Wiley
Charles Horvath
as Man Battered by Mitchell Against Monument
Monk Eastman
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Park Row

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Park Row is driven by Fuller's love of old-school journalism ideals and newspaper wars.

Full Review… | March 24, 2016
Seanax.com

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
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
Leonard Maltin's Picks

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

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Park Row

½

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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