Five Star Final (MOD)

Editor Joe Randall is pressured against his principles to come up with a sensationalist tale to increase readership and revenues.


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Genre:   Drama
Director:   Mervyn Leroy
Cast:   Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Anthony Bushe, Anthony Bushell, George E. Stone
Theatrical Release Date:   09/10/1931
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Five Star Final (MOD)
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Five Star Final (MOD)
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (6)
  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Good acting (4)

Cons

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  • At home (5)
  • Younger viewers (3)
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5.0

A Warner Brothers Film Classic!

By Rob123go

from Bronx NY

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Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

5 Star Final is perhaps Edward G Robinson finest film! He does not throw one punch throughout the film and Boris Karloff almost steal the movie as his crafty assistant! Highly recommended and even Edward G himself enjoyed this film very much according to many books about the man!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A good movie

By Fan 30-40

from Glendale, Az.

About Me Movie Buff

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Good Acting

Cons

  • Unoriginal Plot

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Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

Robinson does a good job of acting in this movie, but the plot is not original.
Overall not a bad "B" movie.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MUST-SEE MUST-HAVE !

By J.Gabin

from Pasadena, CA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Good Acting
  • Great Comedians
  • Original Idea

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    Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

    The DVD looked great: Image and Sound are quite good regarding the age of the "film".However the print is not flawless, but the transfer quality was far better than expected!
    This is a good example of WB Archive remastering program.
    Amazing Edward G.Robinson and superb Final Scene !
    A TRUE CLASSIC from the WB Archive Vault.
    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "Five Star Final" deserves 10 stars!

    By Brad

    from Trabuco Canyon, CA.

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Good Acting
    • Historically significant

    Cons

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      Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

      Edward G. Robinson gives a powerhouse performance as "Randall" the city editor of the "New York Gazette" newspaper. When magnate "Hinchcliffe" decides that the paper needs a bigger circulation, he assigns Randall to dig up an old story of a murder and throw a "whatever happened to?" twist on it; with tragic results. Robinson is the steel spine of the Mervyn LeRoy directed expose' of yellow-journalism. Robinson's constant symbolic washing of his hands prevues his guilt and awakening conscience. Smiling rattlesnake Boris Karloff (in a pre-"Frankenstein" role) plays alcoholic reporter "Isopod" ( an oceanic parasite)with a glee and broad theatricality that meshes with Robinson's rapid-fire delivery perfectly. Perhaps melodramatically dated by today's standards (remember this movie is 80 years old!), it nontheless still rivets with it's timeless message of greed and lust for power no matter what the consequences. The final fade-out shot still packs a wallop even today....

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      five stars for this one

      By movieboy

      from simi valley, ca

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Funny
      • Good Acting
      • Original Idea

      Cons

      • Limited Appeal

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      Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

      Pre-code news reporting at its best. Robinson crackles as the editor who has a moral streak, MacMahon is his wisecracking secretary who has seen it all, Ona Munson shines as the newbie reporter who knows the streets intimately.

      An expose at tabloid reporting, with a moral tacked on to the end. Don't miss this one!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SUPERB REMASTERING OF RELEVANT FILM

      By Pre-Code Mark

      from Los Angeles CA

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Original

      Cons

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        Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

        This film's subject matter is more relevant than ever in 2010: the tabloid creation of celebrity culture. I'm really pleased that Warner Archive took the time and money to find better preprint material on this title. Can you please do the same with STRANGERS MAY KISS?

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Robinson is Terrific!

        By Jimbob

        from Southern California

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining

        Cons

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          Comments about Five Star Final (MOD):

          Unlike most other WAC titles, this one is remastered specifically for DVD from the original film elements. The picture is rough at times since they didn't do anything else except to master it. Picture looks sharp and it's obvious that no cleaning, sharpening, or any other post-processing was done. They actually made an original menu for this movie instead of the typical stale WAC menus.

          This is definitely precode. Scenes involving hiring and firing office women based on sexual preference, references to a homosexuality, suicide, and an attempted murder that goes unpunished, among other things are littered throughout the movie.

          Robinson gives an excellent performance in one of his rare non-gangster roles as a newspaper editor. The rest of the cast, Aline McMahon, Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, HB Warner, etc do a great job in their roles too. A post-code remake called Two Against the World was made in 1936 starring Humphrey Bogart in Robinson's role.

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