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The Freedom Of The Press To Twist The Truth Into A Pretzel
You know, it sure seems that the more films I see from the 1930s & 40s, the more I’m becoming convinced that this so-called “Golden Age” of movies was, in fact, not as “golden” as some people would like to imagine it to be.
Yes. I’ll agree that there were certainly some real gems from that particular era of film-making – But, what I’m beginning to discover is that for every precious gem that is so fondly remembered, there remains a literal quarry full of nothing but ordinary stones and pebbles that would best be ground up into gravel.
In other words – The mediocre & forgettable b-movies of those days of yesteryear definitely out-number the gold by, at least, 10 to 1. I ain’t kidding here.
Power Of The Press was, in its own way, something of a dramatic social commentary. Its story concerned the political machinery behind honest, fair-minded news-reporting, as opposed to the denial of freedom of speech through selling the gullible public narrow-minded bias and manipulative propaganda.
Unfortunately, this rather run-of-the-mill picture lacked conviction and a substantial enough bite to its seemingly dire message.
I suppose that a lot of this picture’s mediocrity could be rightfully blamed on the “Hayes Code” (which was in full-force at the time). This vicious, self-righteous censor board trampled on hundreds of well-meaning movies from this era and, pretty much, reduced them to their pitiful toothless state.
Power Of The Press (which had a running time of only 64 minutes) was directed by Lew Landers who churned out dozens of low-budget movies throughout the 1930s & 40s.
Landers died in 1962 at the age of 61.
Capra-esquire drama of abuses of the press that is still relevant today.
Had Frank Capra done this film 5-10 years earlier, he could have called it “Mr. Bradford goes to Press”. Under the thumbs of Columbia after Capra had left their employ, it ended up in the “B” category, running barely over an hour. Guy Kibbee is excellent here as a small town newspaper owner who is left controlling interest in a big city paper after the owner is brutally murdered after planning on changing the methods in which the paper is run. He must face the very nasty Otto Kruger who fights his presence ruthlessly and editor Lee Tracy who at first is out for the almighty buck then changes his tune when he fights his own moral conscience.
I like the fact that the leading hero was not a leading man like Gary Cooper or Jimmy Stewart, but a portly teddy bear of a man usually stuck playing dumb politicians or gullible businessmen suckered in by some gold-digging chorus girl. Kibbee plays the role honestly and beautifully, and could not have been more perfect. Lee Tracy gets to show many different layers of the editor who goes from just wanting the big headlines to fighting for truth. Gloria Dickson, as the late owner’s loyal secretary, is fine too. Otto Kruger is extremely one dimensional as the villain, whom I assumed to secretly be Nazi. I have always had an issue with this actor as the distinguished older gentleman who somehow ends up with a younger woman on his arm, and usually loses her to the more handsome hero by the end. Every time I see a picture of Kruger with his slimy hand on some younger stars shoulder, I get a cringe of disgust. It’s not his fault he was stereotyped, and fortunately here that doesn’t happen. He is the poster child for Carrie Fisher’s definition of distinguished: Ugly with money.
Minor Watson is very good in his short appearance as the unfortunate newspaper man. A young Larry Parks is recognizable as the young reporter accused of his murder, while Victor Jory is appropriately evil as Kruger’s henchman. This film went in with a lot of things to say and got to the point very well. It’s unfortunate though that the very rushed conclusion diminished the impact of the message and gave Kruger the chance to deliver a performance that can only be described as embarrassing. One can almost envision Capra’s take on the film’s message that would have added at least 20 minutes onto the running time. Plus, an actor such as Edward Arnold or Claude Rains would have made Kruger’s character more understandable and less one dimensional.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 4 min (64 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Lew Landers
Writer Robert Hardy Andrews, Samuel Fuller
Actors Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Gloria Dickson
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm