That's My Story (1937)

62-63 mins | Drama | 24 October 1937

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The working title of this film was Scoop. The summary for this title was based on story material found in the copyright records. ...

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The working title of this film was Scoop. The summary for this title was based on story material found in the copyright records.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Jun 1937
p. 4
Film Daily
5 Feb 1938
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 1937
p. 10-11
Motion Picture Daily
23-Nov-37
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Motion Picture Herald
3 Jul 1937
p. 43
Variety
1 Dec 1937
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Robert Presnell
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Elwood B. Bredell
Cam
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Assoc sets
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Scoop
Release Date:
24 October 1937
Production Date:
began 24 May 1937
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co.
11 October 1937
LP7490
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3518
SYNOPSIS

Howard Fields, cub reporter, has been fired by all the papers in town. Now in the employ of The Examiner , Howard is given one last chance by city editor B. K. Carter, who orders him to get a jail house interview with accused murderer Bonnie Rand. Bonnie, accused of killing her millionaire playboy boyfriend, is being held incommunicado by Sheriff Allen, an officer who hates all reporters. Howard is met at the jail by numerous other reporters, led by Jenks, who make fun of his theory about Bonnie's innocence. Howard has himself arrested as an auto thief so he can share a cell with Bonnie; however, he ends up with in jail with Hiram, a self-professed gambler and horse-owner. Howard breaks out of his cell, crawls along the outside ledge to the next cell where he finds a beautiful woman whom he assumes is Bonnie. Actually, she is Janet Marlowe, a reporter for the rival paper The Clarion , sent out on a similar assignment by her city editor, Cummings. Janet, seeing a chance to embarrass the rival paper, pretends to be Bonnie and concocts a pitiful story of her innocence. Howard, enamored of her, offers to help "Bonnie" prove her innocence by using the jail telephone to call in his "exclusive" story. No sooner does Howard's story hit the streets than The Clarion , tipped by Janet, reports his story as a hoax. Carter immediately fires Howard, and, adding insult to injury, refuses to get him out of jail. Janet, learning of Howard's fate, feels remorseful and offers to make it up to him somehow. At that point, ...

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Howard Fields, cub reporter, has been fired by all the papers in town. Now in the employ of The Examiner , Howard is given one last chance by city editor B. K. Carter, who orders him to get a jail house interview with accused murderer Bonnie Rand. Bonnie, accused of killing her millionaire playboy boyfriend, is being held incommunicado by Sheriff Allen, an officer who hates all reporters. Howard is met at the jail by numerous other reporters, led by Jenks, who make fun of his theory about Bonnie's innocence. Howard has himself arrested as an auto thief so he can share a cell with Bonnie; however, he ends up with in jail with Hiram, a self-professed gambler and horse-owner. Howard breaks out of his cell, crawls along the outside ledge to the next cell where he finds a beautiful woman whom he assumes is Bonnie. Actually, she is Janet Marlowe, a reporter for the rival paper The Clarion , sent out on a similar assignment by her city editor, Cummings. Janet, seeing a chance to embarrass the rival paper, pretends to be Bonnie and concocts a pitiful story of her innocence. Howard, enamored of her, offers to help "Bonnie" prove her innocence by using the jail telephone to call in his "exclusive" story. No sooner does Howard's story hit the streets than The Clarion , tipped by Janet, reports his story as a hoax. Carter immediately fires Howard, and, adding insult to injury, refuses to get him out of jail. Janet, learning of Howard's fate, feels remorseful and offers to make it up to him somehow. At that point, the real Bonnie appears with a gun and takes Howard and Janet hostage as they break out of the jail. She takes the two reporters to a secret hideout where she is joined by her pal, Blackie. The sheriff traces them to the hideout where Bonnie forces Howard to tell the sheriff to withdraw his forces or she will kill Janet. The female reporter, in the meantime, has come up with a wild alibi to free Bonnie of the murder charge. While Bonnie listens intently to Janet's plan, Howard sneaks up behind her, grabs the gun, and turns the convict over to the authorities. Janet, using her reporter instincts, steals a car to beat Howard to the story. Howard arrives as she finishes phoning in her story, then calls in his own "exclusive." Again, the rival papers print extra editions, each claiming the identical stories as "exclusives." Once again, Howard is fired by his paper, but is compensated by Janet who confesses her love to him. The two lovers decide to leave both papers behind them and find "other news fields."

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

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