Release date22 February 1939 WriterJohn T. Neville (original screenplay) CastWarren Hull (John Randolph), Marsha Hunt (Barbara Burnette), Wallis Clark (William Burnette), Clay Clement (Whittaker), Morgan Wallace (Joe Draper), Virginia Howell (Julia Randolph) Similar moviesThe Dark Knight, L.A. Confidential, Law Abiding Citizen, Reasonable Doubt, Rampart, Any Day Now
TaglineHe Asked For A MURDER and HE GOT ONE!
Star Reporter is a 1939 American film directed by Howard Bretherton.
Star Reporter, John Randolph (Warren Hull), with his fiancée, Barbara Burnette, (Marsha Hunt), has faith in her father, D.A. William Burnette (Wallis Clark), and throws the full weight of his newspaper behind him, in hopes of tracking down his own father's killer.
John is convinced that his father was murdered to stop him from revealing the organized crime bosses, in the city. Now, all he needs is proof. Just as he's about to get the goods on the criminal kingpin, lawyer Whittaker (Clay Clement), there is another murder.
Little does John suspect that the confessed killer, Joe Draper (Morgan Wallace) and his own mother, Mrs. Julia Randolph (Virginia Howell) have their own deep, dark secret, from the past: the true identity of her long, lost, already declared dead, husband; and, John's real father.
Whittaker and his mobsters will do anything to close the case. They're willing to shut anyone up permanently, who they can't buy off. John will stop at nothing, to see justice done, even when his own fiancée and Mother warn him that he might not be ready to handle the truth!
Warren Hull as John Randolph, aka John Charles Benton
Marsha Hunt as Barbara Burnette
Wallis Clark as District Attorney William Burnette