The Power of the Press

The Power of the Press

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Director: Frank Capra Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
, Jobyna Ralston
Jobyna Ralston
, Robert Edeson
Robert Edeson
Frank Capra


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Presently unavailable for public reappraisal, the biting and cynical melodrama Power of the Press would seem to be a precursor to such Frank Capra talkies as Platinum Blonde and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Cub reporter Clem Rogers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) wants a "big scoop" more than anything else in life. Alas, he stumbles onto a hot news story that implicates his sweetheart Jane Atwill (Jobyna Ralston), daughter of mayor candidate Atwill (Edwards Davis), in a murder. Putting his job and his future on the line, Clem endeavors to help Jane prove her innocence, and together they begin to see a connection between the murder of the district attorney and the political ambitions of her father's political rival. Curiously, Capra never mentions Power of the Press in his autobiography.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
UPC: 0842614103896
Original Release: 1928
Source: Grapevine Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Sales rank: 46,494

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Clem Rogers
Jobyna Ralston Jane Atwill
Robert Edeson City Editor
Philo McCullough Blake
Mildred Harris Marie
Dell Henderson Johnson
Wheeler Oakman Van
Charles Clary District Attorney
Edwards Davis Mr. Atwill

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director
Frank Atkinson Editor
Jack J. Cohn Producer
C.C. Coleman Asst. Director
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Chester A. Lyons Cinematographer
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Frederick A. Thompson Screenwriter
Harrison Wiley Art Director

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