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Is My Face Red? (1932)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 June 1932 (USA)
Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Ben Markson (play), Allen Rivkin (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Twelvetrees ... Peggy Bannon
Ricardo Cortez ... William Poster
Jill Esmond ... Mildred Huntington
Robert Armstrong ... Ed Maloney
Arline Judge ... Bee - Poster's Secretary
Zasu Pitts ... Morning Gazette Telephone Operator
Clarence Muse ... Horatio
Sidney Toler ... Tony Mugatti
Fletcher Norton ... Angelo Spinello
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Storyline

Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a showgirl. When Bill sees Tony stab Angelo Spinelli to death in a speak easy, he puts it front page of the Gazette. But on the night that he goes out with heiress Mildred, he slips the diamond that came from Peggy's finger on Mildred's finger and announces his engagement - while tattling about her friends in his column. This gets him in dutch with Mildred and Peggy. At the same time, the cops cannot find Tony, but Tony is looking for Poster to thank him for the publicity. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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You'll love and hate Mrs. Poster's little boy Will'yum...and walk out of the theater chirping (original ad)

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Mira como tiemblo! See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While the film was playing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in July of 1932, Ricardo Cortez published his own gossip column in the Scranton Republican, See more »

Quotes

William Poster: [a package is put on his desk] Take this out in the hall and open it. It might be bomb. And if it is, I'll write you a nice epitaph - Here lies Bee, she was a good girl but she went to pieces!
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An unlikable reporter risks life and limb to get the story.
30 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

William Poster (Ricardo Cortez) is a tabloid news reporter. He's willing to go to practically any length to dig up the dirt on people and that would include dressing up in costumes or using his girlfriend, Peggy (Helen Twelvetrees). She's a chorus dancer and hears a lot of gossip on her job...and he uses this to help make a name for himself. While he's a real egotistical cad, just how much of one is evident when he meets a rich heiress, Mildred (Jill Esmond). He impulsively gives her the ring he intended to give Peggy and when both find out about this, he's sure in trouble with them. And what about the ring...was he seriously thinking of marrying Mildred or was this just a ruse in order to get her to open up and talk about her society friends...something Poster takes full advantage when he hears about them.

While treating these two women like dirt is reprehensible, Poster also is an idiot. When he witnesses the evil bootlegger, Tony (Sidney Toler), murder someone he decides to publish this story AND take no apparent precautions to protect himself. So, by the end of the film, practically EVERYONE wants to see the guy dead!!

The main problem with this film is that they took the unlikability of the main character too far. He's such an egotistical jerk that you want him to get killed...and that greatly harms the picture. Watchable but not much more.


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