Hot News (1953)

60-61 mins | Drama | 11 October 1953

Director:

Edward Bernds

Producer:

Ben Schwalb

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Editor:

Bruce B. Pierce

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Tabloid . The plot synopsis is based on reviews and a summary in the copyright records. Hot News was adapted for television for Lux Video Theatre , and aired on 5 Apr 1956 as "Tabloid", starring Scott Brady and Karen ... More Less

The working title of this film was Tabloid . The plot synopsis is based on reviews and a summary in the copyright records. Hot News was adapted for television for Lux Video Theatre , and aired on 5 Apr 1956 as "Tabloid", starring Scott Brady and Karen Sharpe. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Nov 1953.
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Daily Variety
18 Nov 53
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Nov 53
p. 14.
Harrison's Reports
28 Nov 1953
p. 190.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 1953
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1953
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 1953
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 1953.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 53
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Nov 53
p. 2087.
Variety
30 Jun 1953.
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Variety
25 Nov 53
p. 24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tabloid
Release Date:
11 October 1953
Production Date:
began 8 July 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in feet):
5,548
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16547
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After fighter Jim O’Hara is killed during a bout against a much heavier opponent, Mark Miller, a former boxer who left the profession to become a sportswriter, learns that a gambling ring led by Dano Rizzo forced Jim into the unfair fight. Mark’s editor, Al Bragg, encourages him to investigate Jim’s death further and publish his findings. Jim's manager, Doc Allen, is murdered before he can tell Mark that Jim was secretly in love with Rizzo’s girl friend, Doris Burton, who was using him for his money. Rizzo and his thugs, Dutch Gordon and Augie Grotz, next blackmail Doris’ brother Bill, a college basketball star, into throwing the college games by threatening to ruin Doris’ reputation. Mark, meanwhile, continues his romance with fashion editor Kerry Barker, and writes columns about the disreputable Rizzo. His columns earn him death threats from Rizzo and pressure from the newspaper’s nervous publisher. When Bill's duplicity is discovered and he is expelled from school, Doris commits suicide after having sent a written confession to Mark. Although Rizzo tries to silence Mark and Bill by murdering them, his attempts fail and he and his cohorts are arrested after a brawl in the newspaper’s ... +


After fighter Jim O’Hara is killed during a bout against a much heavier opponent, Mark Miller, a former boxer who left the profession to become a sportswriter, learns that a gambling ring led by Dano Rizzo forced Jim into the unfair fight. Mark’s editor, Al Bragg, encourages him to investigate Jim’s death further and publish his findings. Jim's manager, Doc Allen, is murdered before he can tell Mark that Jim was secretly in love with Rizzo’s girl friend, Doris Burton, who was using him for his money. Rizzo and his thugs, Dutch Gordon and Augie Grotz, next blackmail Doris’ brother Bill, a college basketball star, into throwing the college games by threatening to ruin Doris’ reputation. Mark, meanwhile, continues his romance with fashion editor Kerry Barker, and writes columns about the disreputable Rizzo. His columns earn him death threats from Rizzo and pressure from the newspaper’s nervous publisher. When Bill's duplicity is discovered and he is expelled from school, Doris commits suicide after having sent a written confession to Mark. Although Rizzo tries to silence Mark and Bill by murdering them, his attempts fail and he and his cohorts are arrested after a brawl in the newspaper’s offices. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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