As my first foray into Fuller territory, this was rather disappointing. The camera work is breathtaking but is arguably too good. You know something's wrong when the style completely overshadows the substance. And it's easy to see why since this script is melodramatic and contrived as all hell. I appreciate Fuller's respect for good journalism but when the characters are such stock material, it doesn't add up to much
Oddly enjoyable. An unabashed tribute to a golden age (as Fuller saw it) of rough and tough but incorruptible newspapermen. Plot points pale beside ink-under-the-fingernails detail about making, writing and printing the news. The highlight is a magnificently kinetic, one-shot fight sequence. Surely any film which has Ottmar Mergenthaler, the inventor of Linotype, as one of its supporting characters can't be all bad.
Amazing tracking shots in this film! I would make this film required viewing in schools. This is the first time I watched it that I thought the happy ending might only be Gene Evans' broken dream after he falls asleep. I think Fuller himself would have found the reconciliation unlikely, and of course if he were alive today he would be one of our best spokesmen against the decline of democracy in the U.S.