Girl in the News
|Girl in the News|
Australian theatrical poster
|Directed by||Carol Reed|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Screenplay by||Sidney Gilliat|
|Based on||novel by Roy Vickers|
|Starring||Margaret Lockwood |
Barry K. Barnes
|Music by||Louis Levy (uncredited)|
Charles Williams (uncredited)
|Edited by||R.E. Dearing|
Twentieth Century Productions
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (UK)|
20th Century Fox (U.S.)
|28 August 1940 (UK)|
31 January 1941 (U.S.)
When her elderly patient is poisoned, innocent nurse Anne Graham is charged with murder, but is controversially acquitted by lawyer Stephen Farringdon. With the press and public opinion against her, Anne finds it difficult to get another job. It doesn't help that her own lawyer is suspicious. Changing her name she finds employment nursing wheelchair bound Edward Bentley. When Bentley is found dead, Scotland Yard detective Bill Mather arrests Anne, but lawyer Farringdon fights again to prove her innocence.
- Margaret Lockwood as Anne Graham
- Barry K. Barnes as Stephen Farringdon
- Emlyn Williams as Tracy
- Roger Livesey as Bill Mather
- Margaretta Scott as Judith Bentley
- Wyndham Goldie as Edward Bentley
- Basil Radford as Doctor Threadgrove
- Irene Handl as Gertrude Mary Blaker
- Mervyn Johns as James Fetherwood
- Betty Jardine as Elsie
- Kathleen Harrison as Cook
- Felix Aylmer as Prosecuting Counsel
The film was the first of several collaborations between director Carol Reed and writer Sidney Gilliat. Gilliat later recalled:
He [Reed] seemed to me an interpreter rather than a creator; he followed the screenplay quite closely rather than bringing forth original ideas of his own. I felt he was not at all interested in The Girl in the News, which I think was a pallid job. The chief obstacle was Carol's stage background - the couldn't really believe in the screenwriter. He needed close collaboration with a writer.
The Radio Times called it a "workmanlike if rather transparent murder mystery"; whereas The New York Times wrote, "bring out the smelling salts, folks. Another spellbinding English thriller has come to town!" and Allmovie said, "this early Carol Reed effort tended to be dismissed or ignored by its director in later interviews. Even so, the film is a worthwhile effort, with an intricate and sometimes amusing script by Sydney Gilliat."
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- Hal Erickson. "The Girl in the News (1940) - Carol Reed - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
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