HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Storm Boy
Storm Boy
Frozen II
White Sheik, The
Whalebone Box, The
Hunt, The
Invisible Man, The
Honey Boy
System Crasher
Judy & Punch
Bacurau
Battling Butler
Vivarium
Seven Chances
Dogs Don't Wear Pants
Navigator, The
Knives Out
Hit!
Charlie's Angels
Passport to Shame
Le Mans '66
Keep Fit
Doctor Sleep
Friend or Foe
Brass Target
Mine and the Minotaur, The
Sky Pirates
Syncopation
Sea Children, The
Ghost of a Chance, A
Go Kart Go
Great Buster, The
Seventy Deadly Pills
Wings of Mystery
Treasure at the Mill
VFW
Crime Wave
Terminator: Dark Fate
Slithis
Antonio Gaudi
   
 
Newest Articles
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
Godzilla Goes to Hollywood
Demy-Wave: The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-ray
The Makings of a Winner: Play It Cool! on Blu-ray
Sony Channel's Before They Were Famous: A Galaxy of Stars
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
   
 
  Park Row Making The News
Year: 1952
Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs, Herbert Heyes, Tina Pine, George O'Hanlon, J.M. Kerrigan, Forrest Taylor, Don Orlando, Neyle Morrow, Dick Elliott, Stuart Randall, Dee Pollock, Hal K. Dawson, Snub Pollard
Genre: Drama, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: In the New York of the 1880s the newspaper business is a cutthroat one, with certain titles willing to stoop to underhand tactics to keep ahead of the pack. One of the journalists working for The Star is Phineas Mitchell (Gene Evans), who is always on the lookout for a good story, but never really satisfied with what he has: there is always room for improvement. Therefore when he is told by his boss Charity Hackett (Mary Welch) that he is fired for insubordination, along with a few of his fellow colleagues who were grumbling about their lot at the bar, he sees it as an opportunity. He will start his own paper, do things right this time, and take the others with him; first he needs a headline story, and gets one almost immediately when someone jumps from the Brooklyn Bridge...

Don't worry, the diver survives to tell his tale, but as this is an illegal act he is under threat of arrest for his stunt. Something Phineas is all to aware of when he shops him to the cops, all the better to start a campaign in his newspaper to have him released, such were the machinations that he uses to generate circulation - and he's supposed to be the good guy. Actually, compared to Hackett he is, as her Star becomes the newly named Globe's main rival, and wastes no time in countering its genuine news stories with sabotage, recognising Mitchell has a very strong chance of messing up their sales. In the twenty-first century, a film about a newspaper would see the victims as the members of the public they exploited, but not so here.

In this case, oddly what began as a drama turned into a thriller, all under the guidance of writer and director (and ex-journalist) Samuel Fuller, who was so confident of the worth of his film that he sank all his savings into it in order to complete it independently, and subsequently lost the lot when it flopped badly. However, as with many of his works, it built a cult following thanks to it being such a hard sell with the public, not sounding like the most obvious subject for suspense so therefore taking those who caught it by surprise when it was so gritty in content. Fuller cast one of his discoveries as the hero, Gene Evans, one of those actors who also won a cult following through those who appreciated seeing him as often the best thing in a war movie or Western.

Evans was awarded leads in Fuller efforts, though he was most usually a supporting actor, yet you could well understand if he had been around later on in the history of movies he would have been very able as one of those star character actors with his bluff charisma and way of selling even Fuller's most over the top lines (and there were a few). His leading lady was Mary Welch, an unconventional villain in an unconventional film; her career was mostly on the stage but ended tragically when she died giving birth to a son while in her thirties, even worse the son died in the Lockerbie bombings in 1988, leaving her widower, Bewitched star David White bereft twice over. Fuller's movies seemed to attract tales like that, not always a great thing in light of the real life issues, yet contributing to his colourful career nevertheless.

Phineas amasses both staff and reputation apparently over the course of a couple of days, as almost immediately The Globe is big news itself. Ostensibly a tribute to the glories of the Fifth Estate, Fuller was not necessarily viewing the trade through rose tinted spectacles for there may have been an abundance of trumpeting the achievements of a free press in the Land of the Free, but you could just as easily notice the system allows many to be driven into the ground thanks to a rivalry that's cutthroat almost literally. What begins as planting stories in The Star to do down Mitchell's publication turns nasty very quickly, with each of them more intent on reporting on their own egotistical campaigns rather than actual news organically arising from the world around them. The Globe starts one about raising funds to buy a plinth for the Statue of Liberty, in spite of The Star's scaremongering which ends up in violence and destruction, all on Hackett's orders. For such surface patriotism, Park Row (the name of the street the press were on) exposed a dark heart of freedom. Music by Paul Dunlap.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1512 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Samuel Fuller  (1911 - 1997)

Pioneering independent director, best known for his tough 60s thrillers. Fuller began his career in Hollywood in the mid-1930s, and after a spell in the army and many frustrated years as a writer, directed his first film in 1949, the Western I Shot Jesse James. Fuller's third film, The Steel Helmet, was the first movie to deal with the Korean war and was a huge success. Other films Fuller made in the 50s include Pickup on South Street, House of Bamboo and Run of the Arrow.

The 1960s saw Fuller deliver dark, ground-breaking thrillers like Underworld USA, Shock Corridor and the infamous The Naked Kiss, which divided critics with their mix of melodrama and brutal realism. Fuller subsequently found it hard to find employment in Hollywood and largely worked as an actor throughout the 70s. The 1980 war movie The Big Red One was something of a comeback, but his next film, the anti-racist White Dog caused yet more controversy, and it has rarely been seen in its intended form. Fuller's final feature was the 1989 crime drama Street of No Return, although he worked in TV until the mid-90s. Died in 1997 aged 86.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: