GenreDrama Running time1h 39m ProducerJay Lewis LanguageEnglish
Release date1954 Based onFinal Night
by Robert Gaines WriterWilliam Fairchild (adaptation), Robert Gaines (novel), Jack Howells (screenplay), Jay Lewis (screenplay), Guy Morgan (adaptation) Initial releaseJanuary 20, 1954 (United Kingdom) CastJack Hawkins, Elizabeth Allan, Eva Bartok, Derek Farr Similar moviesThe Grey, Cast Away, Alive, Independence Day, The Flight of the Phoenix, Fire and Rain
Front Page Story is a 1954 black and white British drama film directed by Gordon Parry and starring Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Allan and Eva Bartok.
Grant is a hard working Fleet Street newspaper editor who refuses to take a long planned holiday with his wife Susan. Instead, to her annoyance, he stays in his office to deal with a number of urgent stories. These include four children evicted from their home when their mother dies, a woman charged with euthanasia, and a drunken ex-reporter tracking down an atomic scientist. They all culminate in the story of a plane crash, in which Grant is shocked to find his wife listed as one of the passengers. He discovers Susan was leaving him and going away with one of his colleagues. But did she take the plane?
Jack Hawkins as Grant
Elizabeth Allan as Susan Grant
Eva Bartok as Mrs. Thorpe
Derek Farr as Teale
Michael Goodliffe as Kennedy
Martin Miller as Dr. Brukmann
Walter Fitzgerald as Black
Patricia Marmont as Julie
Joseph Tomelty as Dan
Jenny Jones as Jenny
Stephen Vercoe as Craig
Helen Haye as Susan's Mother
Michael Howard as Barrow
John Stuart as Counsel for the Prosecution
Bruce Beeby as Counsel for the Defence
Guy Middleton as Gentle
Ronald Adam as Editor
Henry Mollison as Lester
The New York Times wrote, "there's nothing wrong with the point of this picture. It just doesn't make it well"; TV Guide found it "a lucid look behind the headlines at the people who get out the news" ; while the Radio Times found it "cosily dated, but an interesting sign of its times."