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Five Star Final (1931) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Hal B. Wallis.

Academy Awards 1931/32 --- Ceremony Number 5 (source: AMPAS)

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Best PictureFirst NationalNominated
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The Pre-Code Blogathon: FIVE STAR FINAL

By Dan Day Jr. on Mar 31, 2015 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The "Pre-Code" era in Hollywood--which ran approximately from 1930 through most of 1934--has now become so legendary that just about any movie made in that period is looked upon as a classic. Most of the attention given to Pre-Code features revolves around their presumed salacious content, rather th... Read full article


The Pre-Code Blogathon: FIVE STAR FINAL

By Dan Day Jr. on Mar 31, 2015 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The "Pre-Code" era in Hollywood--which ran approximately from 1930 through most of 1934--has now become so legendary that just about any movie made in that period is looked upon as a classic. Most of the attention given to Pre-Code features revolves around their presumed salacious content, rather th... Read full article


Breaking News: Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon - Five Star Final (1931)

By Caftan Woman on Sep 21, 2013 From Caftan Woman

Spoilers abound in this look at Warner Brothers Five Star Final for Breaking News: Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon sponsored by Comet Over Hollywood and Lindsay's Movie Musings. Mervyn LeRoy 1900 - 1987 Mythologized, demonized, revered and lampooned, the gentlemen of the press make fo... Read full article


Review: Five Star Final (1931)

By Brandy Dean on Mar 1, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

A blast from the Pretty Clever Films past – This review was originally published in September of 2011.? It’s tough to pass up a movie made in 1931 starring Edward G. Robinson as a fast talking newsman. Five Star Final, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, does not disappoint, but it does surprise. ... Read full article


Five Star Final (2)

By Alyson on Sep 17, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Just like the tabloids of today, every now and then some old scandalous case is slapped across the front page just to sell copies. ?That?s how the Gazette operates here in Mervyn LeRoy?s Five Star Final. ?With the competitive circulation dropping, publisher Hinchcliffe (Oscar Apfel) pushes the edito... Read full article


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Quotes from

Arthur Goldberg: Sufferin' Moses, but Mr. Randall's got a lot of women!
Miss Taylor: They're goyem. Ain't you got no religion?
Arthur Goldberg: Either way you say that, I ought to change my name.
Miss Taylor: Don't do it, kid. New York's too full of Christians as it is!


Ziggie Feinstein: [Pointing his finger at her] Say, on the level, don't you know where the boss is?
Miss Taylor: [Sticking her finger in his stomach] On the level, I don't, but you might try Corcoran's or maybe you've been thrown out of that speakeasy.
Ziggie Feinstein: They don't throw you out of speakeasies... they carry you out!


Miss Taylor: I think you can always get people interested in the crucifixion of a woman.


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Facts about

The Evening Gazette is based on the real-life New York Evening Graphic, the most sensational of all the Front Page-era tabloid papers. (Critics called it the Porno-Graphic.) The paper, owned by Bernarr Macfadden, published from 1924 to 1932. At the time this film was made, the Graphic had been losing circulation, because its new editor had been trying to make it a more respectable paper, just like in the film. The paper was best known for its "composographs," composite photographs used to create an otherwise unobtainable illustration.
Vitaphone production reels #4931-4940.
The play "Five Star Final" by Louis Weitzenkorn opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 30 December 1930 and closed in June 1931 after 175 performances. The opening night cast included Arthur Byron as Randall, Berton Churchill as Hinchecliffe , Frances Fuller as Jenny Townsend and Allen Jenkins as Ziggie Feinstein.
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