Five Star Final (1931)

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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results.




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  • Edward G. Robinson and Mervyn LeRoy in Five Star Final (1931)
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  • Edward G. Robinson and Ona Munson in Five Star Final (1931)

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6 February 2008 | lastliberal
| Why did you kill my mother?
This Oscar-nominated film (Best Picture) shows the dark side of journalism as a paper delves into the past of a woman (Frances Starr) who was impregnated by her boss and acquitted of his murder.

Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar) is a newspaper editor that is interested in boosting circulation and is not concerned with the lives he destroys in the process. He goes after Nancy Voorhees (Starr), who is now Nancy (Voorhees) Townsend and is not concerned that she has not told her daughter (the doll-faced Marian Marsh), who is now about to me married, about her past.

Robinson was absolutely brilliant in the role and ably assisted by Boris Karloff and Oscar-nominated actress (Dragon Seed) Aline MacMahon in her first film.

A classic showing the seedy side of journalism.

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In Lux Video Theatre: Five Star Final (1954), Mae Clarke (I), best known for playing the prostitute in the famous "grapefruit scene" with James Cagney in The Public Enemy (1931), played Nancy Voorhees Townsend. Joanne Woodward (I), then only 24, played her daughter Jenny.


Ziggie Feinstein: Say, on the level, don't you know where the boss is?
Miss Taylor: On the level, I don't, but you might try Corcoran's or maybe you've been thrown out of that speakeasy.
Ziggie Feinstein: They don't throw you out of speakeasies... they carry you out!


When Nancy Voorhees Townsend is at the newsstand and picks up the Evening Gazette with her photo from 20 years ago beside the photo of the man she killed back then on the front page, the headline above the two photos is "Nancy Voorhees Story." But after she walks away with it to pay for it, another copy with the same two photos on the front is shown there at the newsstand, but with the headline "2 Die in Subway Cave-in." After she pays for the one in her hand, that's loosely folded in half, the headline on it can be seen and it isn't "Nancy Voorhees Story" as it was to begin with - it's now the "2 Die in Subway Cave-in" headline, and it's still that same 'subway' headline in the next shot when she sits down at the desk at her apartment to read it before hurriedly hiding it in the drawer when her daughter enters the room.


One More Time
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by
Ray Henderson
Played on the phonograph


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