Five Star Final
Five Star Final (1931)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 1931
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Variety Staff

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.

Emanuel Levy

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

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

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

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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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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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