Scandal for Sale


1h 15m 1932

Film Details

Also Known As
Ambition, Scandal Market
Release Date
Apr 17, 1932
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Apr 1932
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Hot News by Emile Gauvreau (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Jerry Strong, editor of a Boston newspaper, quits his job after the publishers disagree with his sensationalistic method of reporting a murderer's confession. Jerry and his wife Claire move to New York, where he is hired as city editor of The Comet , promising Bunnyweather, the publisher, that he will increase their circulation. Jerry's best friend and star reporter, Waddell, is in love with Claire, and has come to New York to work with Jerry. When Jerry tries to expose a fraudulent beauty contest, he is tricked by Dorothy Pepper, who was working with him, and knocked unconscious with a poker, which Dorothy uses to make it look as if she was trying to fend off an attack. Jerry is arrested, but a trial proves his innocence, and he returns to work, for which his zeal has never waned. Jerry's marriage suffers because of his single-mindedness about work, and he even loses his son when the child dies because Jerry is too absorbed by work to get a doctor for him. Nothing sways Jerry's attention from his job, and with the Comet's circulation on the rise, Jerry arranges for a transatlantic flight to draw more readers. With a German pilot named Affner at the helm, Jerry assigns Waddell to report from the airplane by radio, despite the dangerous nature of the flight. Waddell, having sent a final letter to Claire and a separate one to Jerry, takes to the air with his ever-present bottle of liquor. When they encounter an electrical storm, however, the plane is debilitated, and the two men die as the plane crashes into the ocean. This event compels Claire to leave Jerry and take their daughter Mildred with her. Before she goes, Jerry leaves her a $25,000 check, which he received as a bonus for improving the newspaper's circulation, and reads Waddell's letter. In the letter, Waddell reveals his love for Claire, and begs Jerry to give up sensationalistic news reporting because of its destructive nature. Recognizing Waddell's wisdom, Jerry asks Claire to use the $25,000 to purchase a small town newspaper in Dayton, Ohio, where he promises to run the paper conservatively. Claire consents, and the couple reunites.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ambition, Scandal Market
Release Date
Apr 17, 1932
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Apr 1932
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Hot News by Emile Gauvreau (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Ambition and Scandal Market.