Blessed Event (1932)

82-84 mins | Comedy-drama | 10 September 1932

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writer:

Howard J. Green

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Contemporary sources note that the character of Alvin was based on columnist Walter Winchell. Modern sources note that Dick Powell made his screen debut in a featured role in this film, although some sources credit him with an appearance in the 1931 film Street Scene . Modern sources add the following cast credits: Lee Phelps ( Hotel desk clerk ... More Less

Contemporary sources note that the character of Alvin was based on columnist Walter Winchell. Modern sources note that Dick Powell made his screen debut in a featured role in this film, although some sources credit him with an appearance in the 1931 film Street Scene . Modern sources add the following cast credits: Lee Phelps ( Hotel desk clerk ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Aug 32
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Sep 32
p. 38, 40
New York Times
3 Sep 32
p. 16.
Variety
6 Sep 32
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1932
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 1 September 1932
New York premiere: 2 September 1931
Production Date:
ended late May 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 September 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3234
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82-84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While his boss is on vacation, reporter Alvin Roberts has been writing a snappy gossip column featuring announcements of "blessed events," impending births of both the married and unmarried. Although the column is not very respectable, circulation jumps, so Alvin is assigned a regular position. Soon, he is so powerful that gangster Sam Goebel sends his gunman, Frankie Wells, to threaten him. Instead, Alvin tricks Frankie into confessing to murder and records it on his dictaphone. He warns Frankie that if someone kills him, Frankie will be executed painfully. Alvin's nemesis, singer Bunny Harmon, is opening a new nightclub and vows that Alvin will not be admitted, ever. Alvin, on the other hand, insists that he will be there no matter what. When singer Dorothy Lane begs Alvin, who has no scruples when it comes to his column, not to print the news that she is pregnant, he promises not to, but even though she is not married and will not name the baby's father, he runs the story, disregarding the harm it may do to her. Alvin is in love with Gladys Price, another reporter on the paper, who despises his column. When Alvin discovers that Goebel is Dorothy's lover and threatens to expose him, Goebel decides he must be killed. Frankie warns Alvin that Goebel's men will be looking for him at Bunny's nightclub. Gladys begs him not to go, but Alvin sneaks in through the back. Although Goebel's men shoot at him, Alvin is not harmed. Dorothy, however, shoots and kills Goebel. Later Alvin agrees to give up his column for Gladys, using his ... +


While his boss is on vacation, reporter Alvin Roberts has been writing a snappy gossip column featuring announcements of "blessed events," impending births of both the married and unmarried. Although the column is not very respectable, circulation jumps, so Alvin is assigned a regular position. Soon, he is so powerful that gangster Sam Goebel sends his gunman, Frankie Wells, to threaten him. Instead, Alvin tricks Frankie into confessing to murder and records it on his dictaphone. He warns Frankie that if someone kills him, Frankie will be executed painfully. Alvin's nemesis, singer Bunny Harmon, is opening a new nightclub and vows that Alvin will not be admitted, ever. Alvin, on the other hand, insists that he will be there no matter what. When singer Dorothy Lane begs Alvin, who has no scruples when it comes to his column, not to print the news that she is pregnant, he promises not to, but even though she is not married and will not name the baby's father, he runs the story, disregarding the harm it may do to her. Alvin is in love with Gladys Price, another reporter on the paper, who despises his column. When Alvin discovers that Goebel is Dorothy's lover and threatens to expose him, Goebel decides he must be killed. Frankie warns Alvin that Goebel's men will be looking for him at Bunny's nightclub. Gladys begs him not to go, but Alvin sneaks in through the back. Although Goebel's men shoot at him, Alvin is not harmed. Dorothy, however, shoots and kills Goebel. Later Alvin agrees to give up his column for Gladys, using his last column to defend Dorothy and announce his engagement. +

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