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This Man Is News(1939)

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Brief Synopsis

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon Drake (Barry K. Barnes),an interview, as Simon thinks he will probably be killed by other gang members, but Simon makes note of his address. Simon is fired by his city editor, MacGregor (Alastair Sim), for failing to cover another assignment and the editor says he would not believe Kier's murder if reported by Simon even if it happened. Simon returns home and is persuaded by his wife Pat (Valerie Hobson) to have a drink or two. The tipsy Simon, as a joke, telephones Sim and tells him that Kier has just been murdered, and the excited Sim hangs up before Simon can explain it is just a joke. But Kier has really been murdered and Inspector Holly (Edward Lexy) learns from Sim that Simon had telephoned him with the news at 3:10 A.M., but knows that Kier was not murdered until 4:35 A.M. The Inspector also finds a recently-fired revolver in Simon's flat, and arrests him. Pat and a garage mechanic manage to provide an alibi for Simon at the time of the murder and he is released. But the next morning, Kier's son is also found murdered in Simon's flat. Then Sim is shot, non-fatally, while in Simon's presence. Simon is not only reporting news, he appears to the police to be the one also making it.

Cast & Crew

Barry K. Barnes Simon Drake
Valerie Hobson Pat Drake
Alastair Sim MacGregor
Edward Lexy Inspector Holly
John Warwick Johnnie Clayton
Gary Marsh Sergeant Bright
Philip Lever "Harelip" Murphy
Kenneth Buckley Ken Marquis
David Keir Peter Brown
Tom Gill Peter Brown, Jr.
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1939 Production Date:  R. Norton in charge of production
none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Pinebrook, Ltd.
Duration(mins):  74 or 77 Country:  Great Britain and United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  8    

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