Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.
Samuel Fuller was in litigation against Famous Artists Corp. According to the news item, Fuller sold his novel, The Dark Page, to H-F Productions for $15,000, and director Howard Hawks spent $25,000 on pre-production for producer Jules Furthman. Monterey Productions later purchased the novel, then sold it to Motion Pictures Investors, Inc., which then sold it to Columbia for $10,000. In his suit, Fuller claimed the novel's worth was $100,000. A 1951 Hollywood Reporter item indicates that Fuller's successful production of The Steel Helmet (1951) revived interest in producing The Dark Page.
Mom, you think it's safe for me to travel out of state at night with this young man?
Mrs. Allison: Just so he doesn't misconstrue the meaning of "freedom of the press."
The door in Broderick Crawford's office apparently has no glass in its window. (This was presumably to prevent reflections from lights or equipment.)
Opening credits are shown on the page of a newspaper. Although the credits change, the surrounding text remains the same, from start to finish.
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