The Finger Points (1931)

88 or 90 mins | Drama | 11 April 1931

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

LeRoy Stone

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Var credits Noel Madison with the role of "Larry Hays." It is not known if he played another part in the completed film. Frank Lloyd is identified as the director in an early ad. MPH notes that the film was based on the killing of Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle. Modern sources note that Lingle was shot the day before he was to meet federal agents investigating Al Capone's finances. He had been on Capone's payroll. ...

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Var credits Noel Madison with the role of "Larry Hays." It is not known if he played another part in the completed film. Frank Lloyd is identified as the director in an early ad. MPH notes that the film was based on the killing of Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle. Modern sources note that Lingle was shot the day before he was to meet federal agents investigating Al Capone's finances. He had been on Capone's payroll.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
Personal note credit:
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 Mar 1931
p. 10
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jan 1931
p. 40
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 1931
ad between pp. 18-19
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jan 1931
p. 22
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 1931
p. 42
New York Times
28 Mar 1931
p. 15
Variety
8 Apr 1931
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John Francis Dillon Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 April 1931
Production Date:
began 27 Dec 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
16 April 1931
LP2181
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88 or 90
Length(in feet):
7,920
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

One of Breckenridge Lee's first assignments as a reporter is to expose a newly opened gambling house. He refuses bribes to keep the story quiet and is severely beaten as a result. When he leaves the hospital, he plans to marry fellow reporter Marcia Collins, but his hospital and doctor bills combined with his low salary, make him think longingly of the bribes he turned down. Lee sets up an arrangement with gangster Louis Blanco, to inform his organization of city hall's plans. Blanco pays Lee well for his services and also provides him with tips for his column. Marcia grows suspicious of Lee's wealth and they quarrel over his refusal to explain the source of his money. Confident of his power, Lee decides to break away from Blanco to obtain a larger share of the graft. Learning that Number One, the head of the underworld, is planning to open a new gambling house, he tells Blanco that he will print the information because he believes the gang will not kill a reporter. He succeeds in obtaining a larger cut, but he is warned that if the story breaks he will be in trouble. Losing faith in Lee, Marcia reluctantly agrees to marry Charles "Breezy" Russell, another reporter, if he will stop drinking. Meanwhile, Lee decides to leave the city and go straight if Marcia will marry him immediately. She agrees and as Lee is getting ready, Breezy breaks the gambling story, hoping to impress Marcia and his editor. The next morning Breezy shows Marcia the newspaper with his story. When Lee sees it, he knows he is doomed. Despite ...

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One of Breckenridge Lee's first assignments as a reporter is to expose a newly opened gambling house. He refuses bribes to keep the story quiet and is severely beaten as a result. When he leaves the hospital, he plans to marry fellow reporter Marcia Collins, but his hospital and doctor bills combined with his low salary, make him think longingly of the bribes he turned down. Lee sets up an arrangement with gangster Louis Blanco, to inform his organization of city hall's plans. Blanco pays Lee well for his services and also provides him with tips for his column. Marcia grows suspicious of Lee's wealth and they quarrel over his refusal to explain the source of his money. Confident of his power, Lee decides to break away from Blanco to obtain a larger share of the graft. Learning that Number One, the head of the underworld, is planning to open a new gambling house, he tells Blanco that he will print the information because he believes the gang will not kill a reporter. He succeeds in obtaining a larger cut, but he is warned that if the story breaks he will be in trouble. Losing faith in Lee, Marcia reluctantly agrees to marry Charles "Breezy" Russell, another reporter, if he will stop drinking. Meanwhile, Lee decides to leave the city and go straight if Marcia will marry him immediately. She agrees and as Lee is getting ready, Breezy breaks the gambling story, hoping to impress Marcia and his editor. The next morning Breezy shows Marcia the newspaper with his story. When Lee sees it, he knows he is doomed. Despite Marcia's pleas, he leaves for the bank but is followed and killed. At his funeral, Lee is called a hero. Marcia, who knows the truth, keeps silent.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Gangster, Newspaper


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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