Watch: Deadline – U.S.A. 1952 123movies, Full Movie Online – Ed Hutcheson, tough editor of the New York ‘Day’, finds that the late owner’s heirs are selling the crusading paper to a strictly commercial rival. At first he sees impending unemployment as an opportunity to win back his estranged wife Nora. But when a reporter, pursuing a lead on racketeer Rienzi, is badly beaten, Hutcheson is stung into a full fledged crusade against the gangster, hoping Rienzi can be tied to a woman’s murder…in the 3 issues before the end of ‘The Day.’.
Plot: With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.
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“I don’t like him, I’ll think of a reason later.”
Ever since I heard a year ago that Deadline – U.S.A. was finally getting a DVD release I was thrilled, I set a reminder on my phone and pre-ordered; I couldn’t wait to finally watch one of the Bogie films that had eluded me for years. Directed by Richard Brooks in 1952 and starring, along with Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, and Kim Hunter, Deadline – U.S.A. explores the quest an editor and a few reporters embark upon to save their newspaper. One of the more emotionally varied roles of Humphrey Bogart, Deadline – U.S.A. is a pure treat for fans of cinema.
Ed Hutcheson (Humphrey Bogart) is a hardened editor who has devoted his life and his happiness to the New York Day, the daily paper that has consumed his life for years. When it is made public that the paper is going to be sold, many reporters flee looking for other work, some stick around trying to finish their current stories. At first, Hutcheson accepts incoming unemployment with trepidatious willfulness, thinking that he will finally be able to have a life and hopefully resume his marriage with his ex-wife, Nora (Kim Hunter). He seeks her out after a night of drinking through his woes over the paper’s sale, only to find out that she will be marrying another. When one of his reporters is badly beaten, Hutcheson knows that there is more to a story he was pursuing than initially imagined. Hutcheson commits to uncovering the truth, and his small band of remaining reporters are just as determined. The troupe soon finds out that a gangster that has run the city for years is behind the beating and attempted suppression of Hutcheson and his team. A committed team of crusaders Hutcheson only has three issues left to solve the case and save the paper.
Years of waiting for the DVD release of Deadline – U.S.A. was not for naught, as I would rank it among one of Bogart’s best roles. He was as much a detective in this film as he was in The Big Sleep. The determination and drive Bogart embodied with this role was phenomenal, and a role that only Bogart could have fulfilled–he completely steals the show. Not only was Bogart just as much of a detective in this role as he is in his famous detective roles, but he was also more gangster. Such a wonderful tightrope walk between physically imposing and intellectually threatening, Bogart proves his acting mastery.
The Humphrey Bogart Eyes moment happens when Bogart has dinner with his ex-wife, who he is still trying to convince to come back to him. Nora shares with him her desire to be “enough” for someone. She knows she will never be enough for Hutcheson because he is constantly consumed by the paper. The second time he is pulled away from their dinner to answer an urgent phone call is proof enough for Nora and she leaves the restaurant before he returns from his call. The look Bogart’s eyes emote in the moment that he realizes he may have lost the last chance with his one true love is absolute perfection. Anyone that has ever suffered a broken heart knows that this Humphrey Bogart Eyes moment is a perfect illustration of the pain in his heart at that moment.
Humphrey as a newspaper editor…
This wonderful 1952 film – it must have been approaching Humphrey’s last performance – wins on all levels.
It triumphs as an historical curiosity into how newspapers were published 50 years ago, down to the presses and the layouts and assignments, and also for its truly remarkable supporting cast, many of them, some famous, like Ethel Barrymore, Jim Backus and Ed Begley and some part of the Hollywood backdrops in score of movies.
Kim Hunter excels also as the Bogart ex. Martin Gabel eerily predicts the Tony Soprano performance of today as an underworld Kingpin shown with his perfect domestic arrangement.
The scene of the “wake” for the death of the newspaper is wonderful, and also some wonderful camera pans on continuous action in many scenes.
The script is well done and keeps the action moving along, some funny throwaway lines too, particularly in the car scene with the mobster and in his ex-wife’s bedroom.
Also it is subtle and understated and not rampant with the 2X4’s of some of today’s instant-soup scripts. Do not miss this one, Bogie and Kim fans!!
8 out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Richard Brooks
Writer Richard Brooks
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (9 reels), 2,387 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm