Read All About It!

Read All About It!

13 Episodes

In the cutthroat world of the newsroom, what goes on behind the scenes is often as juicy as the headlines splashed across the front page—at least if these ink-stained classics are to be believed. Pressure-cooker deadlines, muckraking, whistle-blowing, backstabbing, libel, ethical dilemmas, and the desperate, unscrupulous lengths some reporters will go to get a story—it’s all part of the industry that makes the news cycle go round. From snappy pre-Code template-setters (FIVE STAR FINAL, BLESSED EVENT) to whirlwind screwball comedies (NOTHING SACRED, HIS GIRL FRIDAY) and hard-hitting social exposés (GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, ACE IN THE HOLE), this hot-off-the-presses lineup has the scoop on the stories behind the stories.

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  • Five Star Final

    Episode 1

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1931 • United States
    Starring Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H. B. Warner

    This hard-hitting look at the cynical world of tabloid journalism casts Edward G. Robinson as Joseph Randall, a ruthless newspaper editor who will go to any length, use any means, and destroy ...

  • The Front Page

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1931 • United States
    Starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O’Brien, Mary Brian

    Directed with pre-Code verve by Lewis Milestone, the first screen adaptation of the oft-filmed Broadway hit by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (later the basis for Howard Hawks’s screwball classic...

  • Platinum Blonde

    Episode 3

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1931 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, Loretta Young

    Written to showcase Jean Harlow’s talent and charm, this romantic comedy from director Frank Capra is a glorious spoof of the newspaper business in New York City during the Depression. After marry...

  • Blessed Event

    Episode 4

    Directed by Roy Del Ruth • 1932 • United States
    Starring Lee Tracy, Mary Brian, Dick Powell

    Fast-talking Lee Tracy stars in this snappily paced pre-Code blend of comedy and drama as gossip columnist Alvin Roberts (loosely based on real-life scandalmonger Walter Winchell), a man who will reveal a...

  • Meet John Doe

    Episode 5

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1941 • United States
    Starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold

    Frank Capra’s distinctive brand of populist humanism is on rousing display in this up-with-the-everyman classic. Facing the prospect of unemployment, newspaper reporter Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stan...

  • Woman of the Year

    Episode 6

    Directed by George Stevens • 1942 • United States
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter

    George Stevens’s WOMAN OF THE YEAR, conceived to build on the smashing comeback Katharine Hepburn had made in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, marked the beginning of the personal and professional uni...

  • Gentleman’s Agreement

    Episode 7

    Directed by Elia Kazan • 1947 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield

    Adapted from Laura Z. Hobson’s best-selling novel, this groundbreaking examination of anti-Semitism centers on a New York reporter (Gregory Peck) who decides to pose as a Jew in order to write a s...

  • Ace in the Hole

    Episode 8

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1951 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur

    Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Ta...

  • Park Row

    Episode 9

    Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1952 • United States
    Starring Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs

    A passion project by former newspaperman Samuel Fuller—who wrote, directed, produced, and financed the film—PARK ROW is his vivid, personal love letter to the colorful world of old-school American journ...

  • Scandal Sheet

    Episode 10

    Directed by Phil Karlson • 1952 • United States
    Starring Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek

    B-noir specialist Phil Karlson brings plenty of pulp punch to this gritty thriller set in the sleazy world of tabloid journalism and based on a novel by Samuel Fuller. Upon becoming editor at the ...

  • Between the Lines

    Episode 11

    Directed by Joan Micklin Silver • 1977 • United States
    Starring John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum

    Inspired by director Joan Micklin Silver’s time working at New York’s storied alt weekly the “Village Voice,” this unsung gem of 1970s slice-of-life seriocomedy offers an incisive, bitterswe...

  • Newsfront

    Episode 12

    Directed by Phillip Noyce • 1978 • Australia
    Starring Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

    This sweeping look at Australian social change traces nearly a decade of upheaval from the late forties through the midfifties, as experienced by two daredevil newsreel cameramen and brothers (Bill Hun...

  • The Year of Living Dangerously

    Episode 13

    Directed by Peter Weir • 1982 • Australia, United States
    Starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt

    Indonesia, 1965. Revolution is in the air. Foreign journalists covering the unrest are kept at arm’s length by the wary Sukarno government. With the help of local Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) an...