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Headline Shooter (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 28 July 1933 (USA)
The adventures of a wayward newsreel cameraman.


Otto Brower


Agnes Christine Johnston (screen play), Allen Rivkin (screen play) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
William Gargan ... Bill Allen
Frances Dee ... Jane Mallory
Ralph Bellamy ... Hal Caldwell
Jack La Rue ... Ricci (as Jack LaRue)
Gregory Ratoff ... Hermie Gottlieb
Wallace Ford ... Mike
Robert Benchley ... Radio Announcer
Betty Furness ... Miss Saunders
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Happy
June Brewster ... Betty Kane - Miss Grand Rapids
Franklin Pangborn ... Adolphus G. Crocker
Dorothy Burgess ... Ruby - Burnett's Moll
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Roguish, cynical newsreel cameraman Bill Allen usually has a dame in one hand and a hip flask in the other, yet catches breaking stories and disasters of all sorts on film. When he meets newspaper columnist Jane Mallory, mutual attraction results; but she's too smart to fall for him (or is she?) unless he reforms (but does she really want him to?). Includes exciting stock footage of fire, flood and earthquake. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE GREATEST FIRE SHOTS EVER FILMED and nothing to lose but his life! (Print Ad- Reading Eagle, ((Reading, Penna.)) 5 November 1933)


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Jack La Rue was borrowed from Paramount for this film. See more »


Jane Mallory: [Bill is having some difficulty trying to light a campfire] That's certainly a swell fire you're whipping up.
Bill Allen: It's still young. Give it a chance to grow.
Jane Mallory: [Bill continues to struggle with the fire] You might give it some of your film. That'd give it life.
Bill Allen: How 'bout some pages from your notebook? It needs something dry.
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Hotshot Newsreel Cameramen
22 November 2009 | by Solo-12See all my reviews

"Headline Shooter" is a quick-moving, entertaining little film with excellent use of contemporary newsreel footage. A hotshot independent newsreel cameraman (Gargan), always on the prowl for a great story, crosses paths and falls in love with a newspaper columnist (Dee). Trouble is, she's already engaged to... who else but the classic "other man" of the 30's Ralph Bellamy. There's plenty of snappy dialog and well integrated newsreel footage of contemporary disasters including the Long Beach earthquake, a brewery fire, a race car crash, and a flood. There is even some attempt at realism in portraying accurate camera equipment in a distinct difference between the motor-run sound cameras and the hand-cranked silent camera that Wallace Ford uses. It's obvious he's a lower budget operation although his crank speed looks suspiciously faster than the standard one crank per second. Quibbling aside, this picture is certainly worth a look to film buffs. There's even a reference to using Nitrate film as a fire starter.

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Release Date:

28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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