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Scandal Sheet (1952)

Scandal Sheet (1952)




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The distinctive stamp of action-film director Phil Karlson is very much in evidence in Scandal Sheet. Broderick Crawford plays tabloid editor Mark Chapman, whose burgeoning success is threatened by the arrival of his wife Charlotte (Rosemary DeCamp), whom he deserted 20 years earlier. Hoping to keep Charlotte's mouth shut, Chapman accidentally kills her. He does his best to cover his tracks, but his best is none too good, and another murder follows. Meanwhile, Chapman's star reporter Steve McCleary (John Derek) is busy investigating the still-unsolved murder of Charlotte. Though Steve holds no grudge against his boss, the same cannot be said of feature writer Julie Allison (Donna Reed), who resents Chapman's sensationalist methods. Slowly but surely, the noose tightens around Chapman's neck, thanks to the diligence of McCleary and, indirectly, the inquiries of Julie. Scandal Sheet was based on a novel by former newspaperman Samuel Fuller, an excellent film director in his own right.
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John Derek
as Steve McCleary
Donna Reed
as Julie Allison
Broderick Crawford
as Mark Chapman aka George Grant
Rosemary DeCamp
as Charlotte Grant
Henry O'Neill
as Charlie Barnes
Harry Morgan
as Biddle
James Millican
as Lt. Davis
Griff Barnett
as Judge Hacker
Jonathan Hale
as Frank Madison
Pierre Watkin
as Baxter
Ida Moore
as Needle Nellie
Ralph Reed
as Joey
Charles Cane
as Heeney
Jay Adler
as Bailey
Don Beddoe
as Pete
Shirlee Allard
as Telephone Operator
Pat Williams
as Telephone Operator
Raymond Largay
as Conklin
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Penwick
Kathryn Card
as Mrs. Rawley
Cliff Clark
as O'Hanlon
Eugene Baxter
as Edwards
Helen Brown
as Woman
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Allison
Mike Mahoney
as Reporter
Peter Virgo
as Reporter
Ric Roman
as Reporter
Tom Kingston
as Reporter
Charles Colean
as Reporter
Guy Wilkerson
as Janitor
Duke Watson
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Sheet

All Critics (5)

... directed by Phil Karlson with a suitably sleazy atmosphere of journalistic cynicism.

Full Review… | December 5, 2009

As directed by "B" level film noir expert Phil Karlson, Scandal Sheet is really quite good.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Vividly told thriller.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Its only flaw is a mildy silly plot contrivance that allows the stunning finale, but other than that it's just about perfect.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Goatdog's Movies

Hard-hitting film noir thriller.

Full Review… | February 16, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Scandal Sheet

"It'll sell a lot of papers". A sleazy tabloid editor gets himself in hot water... and has to stop his own ace reporter from exposing him! This is terrific stuff, directed by always-capable Phil Karlson and based on a novel by Sam Fuller (I guess I like him more as a writer than a director). Tight script with a lot of snappy dialogue and sordid details, and good performances all around. Between this and The Mob, Broderick Crawford is growing on me quick. As the noose tightens around his neck, you simultaneously want to see him wriggle out of it and get what's coming to him.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Taut newspaper noir with Broderick Crawford growlingly great as the managing editor of “a disgusting tabloid pandering to the passions of the base moron," as one of his gray lady stockholders complains. Excellent supporting cast.

David Card
David Card

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