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The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 11 April 1931 (USA)
Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

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John Monk Saunders (by), W.R. Burnett (by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Breckenridge 'Breck' Lee
Fay Wray ... Marcia Collins
Regis Toomey ... Charlie 'Breezy' Russell
Robert Elliott ... Frank Carter
Clark Gable ... Louis J. Blanco
Oscar Apfel ... Ellis Wheeler
Robert Gleckler ... Larry Hayes--Sphinx Club Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noel Madison ... Larry Hayes (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lee is a fresh young kid from the South when he gets a job with The Press. His first assignment on gangsters gets his name in the paper, the police on a raid and Lee in the hospital. He quickly finds that it is everyone for himself, so he goes into the business of not reporting for a fee. He quickly learns to shake down the gangsters, and with the paper behind him, they leave Lee alone. But the girl he is crazy for will only trade a ring for his going straight. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daktylika apotypomata See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle, who was shot and killed the day before he was to meet with federal agents in connection with Al Capone's finances. There was public outrage at first over the killing of a reporter, but over the next few weeks it was discovered that Lingle was living way beyond his reporter's salary, and finally that he was on Capone's payroll. See more »

Goofs

When the front page of The Press is shown with the heading "Gang War Rages," one of the stories is entitled "Star Received with Great Ovation" and "received" is incorrectly spelled "recieved." See more »

Quotes

Breckenridge 'Breck' Lee: Say, you're a great big help to me.
Marcia Collins: Oh, sure - just a camp fire girl is all.
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Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March (Marche Funèbre)
(uncredited)
from "Sonata in Bb-, Op.35 No.2"
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played after Lee's death
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Solid plot, fine acting
27 June 2003 | by sideways8See all my reviews

I love movies which give you a sense of what it was like to be living & working in the time. (It's the sociologist in me. ) This movie is one of these. The plot is very interesting and the acting is first rate all round. Fay Wray is very good, but Richard Barthelmess steals the show and not just in the "silent" parts. Never seen him better.


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