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Scandal Sheet1952

Scandal Sheet (1952)




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The distinctive stamp of action-film director Phil Karlson is very much in evidence in Scandal Sheet. Broderick Crawford plays tabloid editor Mark Chapman, whose burgeoning success is threatened by the arrival of his wife Charlotte (Rosemary DeCamp), whom he deserted 20 years earlier. Hoping to keep Charlotte's mouth shut, Chapman accidentally kills her. He does his best to cover his tracks, but his best is none too good, and another murder follows. Meanwhile, Chapman's star reporter Steve McCleary (John Derek) is busy investigating the still-unsolved murder of Charlotte. Though Steve holds no grudge against his boss, the same cannot be said of feature writer Julie Allison (Donna Reed), who resents Chapman's sensationalist methods. Slowly but surely, the noose tightens around Chapman's neck, thanks to the diligence of McCleary and, indirectly, the inquiries of Julie. Scandal Sheet was based on a novel by former newspaperman Samuel Fuller, an excellent film director in his own right.


John Derek
as Steve McCleary
Donna Reed
as Julie Allison
Broderick Crawford
as Mark Chapman aka George Grant
Rosemary DeCamp
as Charlotte Grant
Henry O'Neill
as Charlie Barnes
James Millican
as Lt. Davis
Griff Barnett
as Judge Hacker
Jonathan Hale
as Frank Madison
Ida Moore
as Needle Nellie
Jay Adler
as Bailey
Shirlee Allard
as Telephone Operator
Pat Williams
as Telephone Operator
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Penwick
Kathryn Card
as Mrs. Rawley
Cliff Clark
as O'Hanlon
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Allison
Mike Mahoney
as Reporter
Peter Virgo
as Reporter
Ric Roman
as Reporter
Tom Kingston
as Reporter
Duke Watson
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Sheet

All Critics (5)

... directed by Phil Karlson with a suitably sleazy atmosphere of journalistic cynicism.

December 5, 2009 | Full Review…

As directed by "B" level film noir expert Phil Karlson, Scandal Sheet is really quite good.

October 30, 2009 | Full Review…

Vividly told thriller.

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Its only flaw is a mildy silly plot contrivance that allows the stunning finale, but other than that it's just about perfect.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Hard-hitting film noir thriller.

February 16, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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