This one, with Fuller's "Park Row" (made the same year), are among the very best films ever made about journalism, which means about integrity. Bogart impresses but the rest of the cast is also really top notch. With Brooks everything looks easy : the fluid camera work, the stagging and framing, it has this classic flair and is immediatly readable. Add to his talent a good script and you'll have a forgotten classic.
Richard Brooks started his career working as a journalist so he knows what he's talking about when he depicts a newsroom. The characters are extremely well written with a special mention for the two feminine parts played by Kim Hunter and Ethel Barrymore. I also liked a lot the end of the film which can be considered as a happy ending or, in the contrary, as a pessimist finale. Booze, smoke and Bogey: a winning trio.
Deadline--USA was released during the Hollywood Blacklist when the fever of Anti-Communism ran roughshod over civil rights. Richard Brooks directed it as a defense of freedom of the press and a crime film which implicates the corruption of many public trusts. Humphrey Bogart carved a fine character as Ed Hutchinson, managing editor of The Day, a large city newspaper. Behind him
Contrasted. Great qualities of image & supporting cast (Ed BEGLEY the underworld boss, Kim HUNTER the editor's ex-wife). But also lengths & speeches, slowing the rhythm & putting morals before action. === Contrasté. De grandes qualités d'image et des seconds rôles formidable (le boss Ed BEGLEY, l'ex-femme Kim HUNTER). Mais aussi longueurs & discours qui ralentissent le rythme & mettent la morale avant l'action.