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Gentlemen of the Press
Director: Millard Webb (Dir)
Release Date:   4 May 1929
Duration (in mins):   73
Duration (in feet):   7,176
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Walter Huston (Wickland Snell)  
    Katherine Francis (Myra May)  
    Charles Ruggles (Charlie Haven)  
    Betty Lawford (Dorothy Snell)  
    Norman Foster (Ted Hanley)  
    Duncan Penwarden (Mr. Higgenbottom)  
    Lawrence Leslie (Red)  
    Harry Lee (Copy-desk editor)  

Summary: Star reporter Wickland Snell has given up every other interest in life for journalism. Everything, that is, but women and an occasional "drunk." Wickland's daughter, Dorothy, comes to him one day and informs him that she has just married cub reporter Ted Hanley. Wickland is considerably sobered by this fact and, in order to help them, quits the paper and takes a plush job as a public relations man for a large firm, having a fling with his secretary, Myra May, a good-time girl who takes a fancy to Hanley. Snell quickly tires of public relations work and returns to the paper, staying with Myra so as to keep her away from Hanley. Dorothy gives birth to a baby and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Wickland starts out to see her, but a big story breaks and he remains at the paper to get out an extra. By the time Wickland arrives at the hospital, Dorothy is dead. 

Production Company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.  
Director: Millard Webb (Dir)
  George Meehan (Dial dir)
Writer: Bartlett Cormack (Scr)
Photography: George Folsey (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Morton Blumenstock (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Gentlemen of the Press by Ward Morehouse (New York, 27 Aug 1928).
Authors: Ward Morehouse

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. 4/5/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP357

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Childbirth
  Public relations

Note: Gentlemen of the Pres maqrked the first released feature film appearance of actress Kay Francis, who was billed as "Katherine Francis." 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   19 May 1929.   
New York Times   13 May 1929   p. 27.
Variety   15 May 1929   p. 23.

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