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Deadline - U.S.A.1952

Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)




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An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by screenwriter/director Richard Brooks in Deadline - USA. Humphrey Bogart stars as crusading editor Ed Hutcheson, whose newspaper is on the verge of closing thanks to the machinations of the mercenary daughter (Audrey Christie) of Mrs. Garrison (Ethel Barrymore), the paper's owner. Though he and his staff will all be out of work within a few days, Hutcheson intends to go out with a bang, exposing the criminal activities of "untouchable" gang boss Rienzi (Martin Gabel). Despite numerous disappointments and setbacks, Hutcheson achieves a pyrrhic victory as the film draws to a close. Throughout the story, the many pressures brought to bear upon a big-city newspaper--political, commercial, etc.--are realistically detailed, as is the relationship between Hutcheson and his ex-wife Nora (Kim Hunter). The cast of Deadline USA is uniformly excellent, from featured players Warren Stevens, Jim Backus, Paul Stewart Fay Baker and Ed Begley to such unbilled performers as Tom Browne Henry, Raymond Greenleaf, Tom Powers, and Kasia Orzazewski (essentially reprising her unforgettable characterization in Call Northside 777).


Humphrey Bogart
as Ed Hutcheson
Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Garrison
Paul Stewart
as Thompson
Joyce Mackenzie
as Kitty Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie
as Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker
as Alice Garrison Courtney
Jim Backus
as Cleary
Fay Roope
as Judge
Parley Baer
as Headwaiter
Bette Francine
as Telephone Operator
John Doucette
as City news editor
June Eisner
as Bentley
Harry Tyler
as Headline writer
Joe Sawyer
as Whitey
Florence Shirley
as Barndollar
Kasia Orzazewski
as Mrs. Schmidt
Alex Gerry
as Attorney Prentiss
Irene Vernon
as Mrs. Burrows
William Forrest
as Mr. Greene
Edward Keane
as Mr. Blake
Clancy Cooper
as Capt. Finlay
Tom Powers
as Wharton
Howard Negley
as Police sergeant
Phillip Terry
as Lewis Schaefer
Joseph Mell
as Lugerman
Luther Crockett
as National editor
Joseph Crehan
as City editor
Lawrence Dobkin
as Lawyer Hansen
Tudor Owen
as Watchman
Harris Brown
as Al Murray
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Critic Reviews for Deadline - U.S.A.

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Bogart gives a convincing performance all the way, from his constantly harassed deadline existence, his personal romantic stale-mate, and his guts in avenging the beating given his crime reporter.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Really good newspaper pictures are few and far between. This one, while melodramatic, does all right by the trade.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Windy, self-righteous newspaper film, written and directed by Richard Brooks in a fair reflection of the way journalists think about themselves when they've had a few too many.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The newspaper stuff is treated with amazing accuracy and the story crackles for most of the picture.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

As a film noir, it works moderately with its tale of extortion and journalistic ethics, but even by presenting a convincing role from Humphrey Bogart, it cannot correct the weaknesses of a superfluous and predictable plot. [Full review in Spanish]

March 20, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Although it was made over a half-century ago, expect to find plenty of topicality in Deadline - U.S.A., a sturdy drama about life at a big-city newspaper.

July 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadline - U.S.A.


Deadline USA has been a tough film to track down, but with the inclusion on BluRay, this film lives into the next generation. The film is a love letter to free press and allows the film to unfold with a storyline that is worthy of the running time. The film is very true, compared to today's press, which is severely right wing, fear orientated and aimed at the lower educated. There is so much going on in the world, but the one thing we should be able to trust is unbias journalism. This film is about sticking to your gut and not backing down when all the cards are down. Bogart is the key to the film and delivers a great central performance. I hope this film develops into a cult film, due to the fact it failed at the box office and vanished for the better part of 50 years. Good old fashioned storytelling with a speech every journalist should watch. 12/01/2019.

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