The Story on Page One (film)
The Story on Page One is a 1959 American drama film written and directed by Clifford Odets, and starring Rita Hayworth, Anthony Franciosa, and Gig Young. Shot in CinemaScope, the film was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
|The Story On Page One|
|Directed by||Clifford Odets|
|Produced by||Jerry Wald|
|Written by||Clifford Odets|
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Hugh S. Fowler|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|December 1959 (premiere)|
118 mins. (FMC Library Print)
As the film begins, young Los Angeles lawyer Victor Santini (Franciosa) is hired to defend Josephine "Jo" Morris (Hayworth), who is accused of conspiring with Larry Ellis (Young) to murder her husband Mike Morris (Ryder), a police detective. In flashbacks, it is shown that her marriage to Morris is loveless and dull. She met Ellis a widower, with whom she finds companionship and comfort. The two see each other regularly, and are intimate once. Larry's mother (Dunnock), a righteous, controlling mother, finds out about their relationship. She threatens to expose Jo to her husband unless it stops. Jo tells Larry what had happened, and Larry travels to see her and comfort her.
Believing her husband is asleep, Jo lets Larry into her kitchen to talk. However, Mike discovers them, and pulls out his service revolver and struggles with Larry. It ends with Mike's being shot dead. Both are charged with attempted murder, and a large part of the film consists of the trial.
At the trial, prosecuting attorney Phil Stanley (Meisner) stresses how Jo first told police that a prowler had killed her husband, until a cufflink belonging to Larry was found at the scene of the crime. He also notes that an insurance policy was purchased a week before the shooting.
Santini erodes the prosecution's case and includes a searing cross-examination of Larry's mother. Both are found not guilty and leave the court room.
|Rita Hayworth||Josephine Brown Morris|
|Anthony Franciosa||Victor Santini|
|Gig Young||Larry Ellis|
|Mildred Dunnock||Mrs. Ellis|
|Hugh Griffith||Judge Edgar Neilsen|
|Sanford Meisner||Phil Stanley|
|Robert Burton||District Attorney Nordeau|
|Alfred Ryder||Lt. Mike Morris|
|Raymond Greenleaf||Judge Carey|
|Katherine Squire||Mrs. Hattie Brown|
|Leo Penn||Morrie Goetz|
|Sheridan Comerate||Officer Francis Morris|