Five Star Final
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Adapted from the stage play by former newspaperman Louis Weitzenkorn, Five Star Final is an uncompromising look at the consequences of journalistic irresponsibility. Hounded by his publishers to pep up circulation with a sensational story, newspaper editor Edward G. Robinson decides to revive public interest in a long-ago murder case. He discovers that a woman (Sally Starr) who'd shot her lover nearly three decades earlier is now living under a new name and is married to a pillar of society (H.B. Warner). The woman's daughter (Marian Marsh) is just about to marry the son (Anthony… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This early entry in the Warner 'social protest' cycle hasn't worn nearly so well as Hecht-Milestone's much less solemn and self-righteous The Front Page."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Mervyn LeRoy's expose of greedy tabloid journalism was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but is not as compelling as the similarly-themed The Front Page, though Edward G. Robinson is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Worth seeing mainly for Karloff's colorful performance in a character role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This production races along without a desultory instant."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Five Star Final is perhaps the darkest in the cycle of journalist-themed films produced in Hollywood during the early 1930s."
‑ Brian Darr, Senses of Cinema
"Despite a great turn by Robinson, the acting nearly sinks this film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Thanks to the performances, especially Robinson as the tabloid editor and Marsh as the victim, the film is still engrossing."
‑ , Film4
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