Five Star Final
Five Star Final (1931)

A muckraking newspaper editor is forced to take a long, hard look at his dirty profession when his manipulative tactics result in death and disgrace for a beleaguered family. This hard-hitting pre-code talkie, adapted from a stage… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 1931
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This production races along without a desultory instant.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s.

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Brian Darr
Senses of Cinema

Five Star Final is perhaps the darkest in the cycle of journalist-themed films produced in Hollywood during the early 1930s.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances.

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Film4

Thanks to the performances, especially Robinson as the tabloid editor and Marsh as the victim, the film is still engrossing.

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