Roar of the Press

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"Furious front-page melodrama!"
  • Approved
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 5.5  (144)

Roar of the Press is a 1941 American film directed by Phil Rosen, produced by Larry Darmour Productions, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is a story about a young reporter, Jane Mallory (played by Jean Parker), who tries to uncover a plot by an unscrupulous businessman to control the city's taxi cab industry. She faces many obstacles, including being fired from her job, being sued for libel, and being kidnapped by the gangsters who are behind the plot.

The film starts with Jane Mallory walking into the offices of The Daily Recorder, a local newspaper. She is there to ask the editor, John Summers (played by Wallace Ford), for a job. Despite her lack of experience, Jane manages to convince Summers to give her a chance.

Her first assignment is to cover a story about the taxi cab industry. The city is facing a crisis with the taxi cab drivers going on strike to protest against the high fees charged by the taxi cab company owners. Jane discovers that the strike is just a cover-up for a larger plot by a businessman named David Tyler (played by Charles Trowbridge) to take over the taxi cab industry. Tyler has formed a fake union, which is behind the strike, and is using the chaos to buy up the smaller taxi cab companies in the city.

When Jane writes an article exposing Tyler and his fake union, she is fired from her job. Tyler then sues her for libel, hoping to silence her. Meanwhile, Jane's boyfriend, Tom McGuire (played by Jed Prouty), is also working on the case. He discovers that Tyler's henchmen are responsible for the violence that has erupted during the strike.

Jane and Tom then get kidnapped by Tyler's henchmen, who take them to a remote cabin in the woods. There, they are held hostage until the strike is over. However, Jane manages to escape and runs back to the city. She then publishes another article, which exposes Tyler's plot and clears her name.

In the end, Tyler is arrested, and the taxi cab industry returns to normal. Jane is reinstated at The Daily Recorder and is promoted to the position of managing editor. The film ends with Jane and Tom walking out of the newspaper building, having successfully exposed the corruption in the taxi cab industry.

Roar of the Press is a fast-paced and engaging film that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Jean Parker delivers a strong performance as Jane Mallory, a young reporter who is determined to uncover the truth behind the taxi cab industry's crisis. Wallace Ford is excellent as John Summers, the newspaper editor who initially doubts Jane's abilities but eventually becomes her mentor.

Jed Prouty provides comic relief as Tom McGuire, Jane's bumbling boyfriend who tries to help her but often ends up causing more problems. Charles Trowbridge is convincing as David Tyler, the crooked businessman who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

Overall, Roar of the Press is a solid film that combines elements of action, drama, and comedy to deliver an entertaining story. It is a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood cinema and anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

Roar of the Press is a 1941 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 10 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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    1 hr 10 min
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    5.5  (144)