Headline Shooter (1933)

60 or 65 mins | Drama | 28 July 1933

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HISTORY

Pre-release news items, including MPH's "In the Cutting Room," list the title of the film as Headline Shooters. Helen Mack was originally slated to star in the production, according to a 15 May 1933 FD news item. A Mar 1933 FD news item announced that RKO had hired Sarah Y. Mason and William A. Ullman, Jr. to collaborate on a screenplay called News Reel. It is possible that News Reel was a working title for this film. Eric Linden was announced in a 1 May 1933 FD news item as a cast member of News Reel. According to the NYT, "several actual news-reel shots" were edited into the film. RKO borrowed Jack LaRue from Paramount for the production. According to HR news items, William LeMaire and Edward Keane were to be in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. ...

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Pre-release news items, including MPH's "In the Cutting Room," list the title of the film as Headline Shooters. Helen Mack was originally slated to star in the production, according to a 15 May 1933 FD news item. A Mar 1933 FD news item announced that RKO had hired Sarah Y. Mason and William A. Ullman, Jr. to collaborate on a screenplay called News Reel. It is possible that News Reel was a working title for this film. Eric Linden was announced in a 1 May 1933 FD news item as a cast member of News Reel. According to the NYT, "several actual news-reel shots" were edited into the film. RKO borrowed Jack LaRue from Paramount for the production. According to HR news items, William LeMaire and Edward Keane were to be in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Mar 1933
p. 7
Film Daily
1 May 1933
p. 7
Film Daily
15 May 1933
p. 7
Film Daily
21 Oct 1933
p. 4
HF
20 May 1933
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 1933
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 1933
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 1933
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 1933
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 1933
p. 2
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jul 1933
p. 20
Motion Picture Herald
29 Jul 1933
p. 29, 32
New York Times
23 Oct 1933
p. 18
Variety
24 Oct 1933
p. 17
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 July 1933
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
28 July 1933
LP4081
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

While shooting film footage of an earthquake, newsreel cameraman Bill Allen meets and quarrels with newspaper reporter Jane Mallory, whose "sob sister" column Bill loathes. Not to be outdone by the other, both "news hounds" rush to the site of an emergency operating room, where a baby is being delivered by flashlight. Although the night's crises have brought them together, Jane resists Bill's romantic overtures and later explains to him that she has a fiancé in Riverport, Mississippi, and is looking forward to settling down in pampered security. Bill, who enjoys a reputation as a carefree heartbreaker, tries to persuade Jane to marry him, but seriously damages his chances by running off in the middle of his plea to cover a brewery fire. At the fire, Bill's best friend Mike is killed while trying to get a "better shot" of the flames, which Bill suspects were started by gangster Ricci. Shocked by Mike's death, Bill receives another blow when he learns that Jane has left for Riverport to marry her fiancé, banker Hal Caldwell. Soon after, Bill accepts an assignment to cover a flood in the Riverport area and meets up with Jane and Hal. With Hal's help, Bill and Jane discover that the flooding was the result of a crack in a cheaply constructed levee. Although Bill is begged by Judge Beacon, whose dishonest son-in-law was responsible for the levee construction, to destroy his film, he refuses. Consequently, when Beacon commits suicide after the newsreel's opening, Jane angrily rejects Bill and re-commits herself to marrying Hal. Before leaving with Hal, however, Jane rushes to hear the deathbed confession of a ...

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While shooting film footage of an earthquake, newsreel cameraman Bill Allen meets and quarrels with newspaper reporter Jane Mallory, whose "sob sister" column Bill loathes. Not to be outdone by the other, both "news hounds" rush to the site of an emergency operating room, where a baby is being delivered by flashlight. Although the night's crises have brought them together, Jane resists Bill's romantic overtures and later explains to him that she has a fiancé in Riverport, Mississippi, and is looking forward to settling down in pampered security. Bill, who enjoys a reputation as a carefree heartbreaker, tries to persuade Jane to marry him, but seriously damages his chances by running off in the middle of his plea to cover a brewery fire. At the fire, Bill's best friend Mike is killed while trying to get a "better shot" of the flames, which Bill suspects were started by gangster Ricci. Shocked by Mike's death, Bill receives another blow when he learns that Jane has left for Riverport to marry her fiancé, banker Hal Caldwell. Soon after, Bill accepts an assignment to cover a flood in the Riverport area and meets up with Jane and Hal. With Hal's help, Bill and Jane discover that the flooding was the result of a crack in a cheaply constructed levee. Although Bill is begged by Judge Beacon, whose dishonest son-in-law was responsible for the levee construction, to destroy his film, he refuses. Consequently, when Beacon commits suicide after the newsreel's opening, Jane angrily rejects Bill and re-commits herself to marrying Hal. Before leaving with Hal, however, Jane rushes to hear the deathbed confession of a gangster's moll, which implicates Burnett, the gangster, in a murder and leads to Jane's kidnapping. Through clever editing of the brewery fire footage, Bill is able to force Ricci, a cohort of Burnett's, into revealing Jane's whereabouts. After a shootout with the gangsters, Bill rescues Jane, who then agrees to marry her news rival.

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