COMING SOON:
HEROES AND SCOUNDRELS: THE IMAGE OF THE JOURNALIST IN POPULAR CULTURE
by
Matthew C. Ehrlich, professor of journalism
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joe Saltzman, professor of journalism
University of Southern California

Publication Date:  2015 - University of Illinois Press


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  • The Image of the Washington Journalist in Movies and Television, 1932 to 2013, a two dual layer-disc, 8:20:00 video compilation with 126 movie and television clips tracing the history of the Washington journalist in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The Image of the Public Relations Practitioner in Movies and Television, 1901 to 2011, a three dual layer-disc, 11:46:05 video compilation with 326 movie and television clips tracing the history of the public relations practitioner in the 20th and 21st centuries.2-11
  • The Image of the Gay Journalist in Movies and Television, 1929 to 2009, a three-disc, 4:42:23 video compilation with 123 movie and television clips tracing the history of the gay journalist in the 20th and 21st centuries. Also included is a special supplement on The Image of the Gay Public Relations Practitioner in Movies and Television. 2009
  • The Image of the War Correspondent in Movies and Television, 1931-2007, a two-disc, 225-minute compilation with 166 movie and television clips tracing the image of the war correspondent in films and television from 1931 to 2007. 2008.
  • Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies, a one-hour-and-50 minute video compilation for IJPC Associates members created to supplement the book edited by Howard Good.(Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2008). Good is a professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz. He was a pioneering author of a series of books on the image of the journalist in films and novels including Outcasts: The Image of Journalists in Contemporary Films; Girl Reporter: Gender, Journalism, and the Movies; The Drunken Journalist: The Biography of a Film Stereotype, and Acquainted With the Night: The Image of Journalists in American Fiction, 1890 –1930. He’s also written books on media ethics and public education. The IJPC Video follows Journalism Ethics Goes to the Movies chapter by chapter. The book’s 12 chapters explore issues that should concern anyone who aspires to a career in journalism, works in journalism or relies on journalism for daily information. The contributors do their exploring at the movies where sportswriters, war correspondents, investigative reporters, crime reporters, spin-doctors, TV anchors and harried city editors jostle for attention. 2007.
  • The Image of the Broadcast Journalist in Movies and Television, 1937-2006, an updated two-hours-and-48 minute video compilation for IJPC Associates members containing 200 movie and television clips tracing image of the broadcast journalist in films and television from 1937 to 2006. 2006.
  • Real-Life Journalists in Movies and Television, 1939-2003, a completely revised and updated two-hour-and-13-minute video compilation for IJPC Associates members containing 79 movie and television clips tracing image of the journalist in films and television from 1939 to 2003 featuring real-life journalists or actors portraying real-life journalists or movies based on the lives of real-life journalists. 2005
  • Sob Sisters: The Image of the Female Journalist, 1929-2003, a revised and updated two-hour-and-41 minute video compilation with more than 136 movie and television clips documenting the history of the female journalist in film and television in the 20th and 21st centuries. 2004
  • Hollywood Looks at the News: 1914-2007, a one hour-and-49-minute video compilation with 165 movie and television clips documenting the history of journalists in film and television in the 20th and 21st century. 2003. Revised 2007

 
 
 

Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film

By Joe Saltzman

 


FRANK CAPRA AND THE IMAGE OF THE JOURNALIST IN AMERICAN FILM

THE MALE JOURNALISTS

In the middle of the Times city room in The Power of the Press (Columbia Pictures, 1928), the city editor (Robert Edison) congratulates cub reporter Clem Rogers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) for getting his first page-one story as the more seasoned reporters gripe that it was all beginner's luck.

Times cub reporter Clem Rogers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) brings in the DA's killer and forces him to confess in the crowded city room as the city editor (Robert Edeson) grills the criminal before the police arrive in The Power of the Press (Columbia Pictures, 1928). The man in the hat watching the action is veteran reporter Bill Johnson (Del Henderson).

Reporters and Editors of the Evening Post razz Stew Smith (Robert Williams) about his newly acquired gold garters after he secretly marries an heiress in Platinum Blonde (Columbia Pictures, 1931).

Colleagues congratulate a drunken Peter Warne (Clark Gable) for telling off his editor in It Happened One Night (Columbia Pictures, 1934), but the editor never heard Warne's tirade because he hung up on Warne before it began.

Reporter Diz Moore (Thomas Mitchell) congratulates the senator's secretary (Jean Arthur) in the Senate press gallery on helping the "ambulance chasers" make her boss look ridiculous in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia Pictures, 1939).

Senator Smith goes on a one-man rampage against the reporters who ridiculed him in the newspapers. Nosey (Charles Lane) runs into the National Press Club in Washington, DC, but a mob of reporters grabs Smith before he can punch the reporter in the mouth in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia Pictures, 1939).

In Here Comes the Groom (Paramount Pictures, 1951), reporter Pete Garvey (Bing Crosby) concocts a real estate fraud and, with the help of his editor, George Degnan (Robert Keith), tries to discredit his former girlfriend's fiance. The real estate tycoon shows up to end the charade and the misuse of the press.

 

THE FEMALE JOURNALISTS:

HOLLYWOOD'S SOB SISTERS

In Platinum Blonde (Columbia Pictures, 1931), Gallagher (Loretta Young) is "just one of the boys" sharing bylines in the city room with Stew Smith (Robert Williams) and the rest of the male staff.

In Forbidden (Columbia Pictures, 1932), Nick, alias "Mary Sunshine" (Harry Holman) turns over his job as advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist to Lulu Smith (Barbara Stanwyck) at the request of Daily Record city editor Al Holland (Ralph Bellamy).

Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur), a mercenary, wisecracking reporter who will do anything to get a story, has trouble writing her latest scoop after she falls in love with the "dumbest, stupidest, most imbecilic idiot in the world" in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Columbia, 1936).

Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck), editor Henry Connell (James Gleason), and a gaggle of news photographers set up publicity shots for the fake John Doe (Gary Cooper) in an effort to win public approval in Meet John Doe (Frank Capra Productions, 1941). The newspaper stunt snowballs into a national phenomenon.

 

THE EDITORS

Post city editor Conroy (Edmund Breese) tracks down his star reporter, Stew Smith (Robert Williams), in a bar and reads him the riot act as sob sister Gallagher (Loretta Young) secretly agrees with the editor in Platinum Blonde (Columbia Pictures, 1931).

Daily Mail city editor MacWade (George Bancroft) listens in on a phone call by his star reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur), who is scooping the town with her exclusive stories about a new reclusive millionaire in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Columbia Pictures, 1936).

New York Mail city editor Joe Gordon (Charles C. Wilson) talks to two reporters at the same time to get the story straight in It Happened One Night (Columbia Pictures, 1934).

Boston Morning Express editor George Degnan (Robert Keith) threatens to fire correspondent Pete Garvey (Bing Crosby) if he doesn't shape up and do his job in Here Comes the Groom (Paramount Pictures, 1951).

Angry New Bulletin managing editor Henry Connell (James Gleason) and columnist Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) listen to reporter Beany's (Irving Bacon) lame excuses in Meet John Doe (Frank Capra Productions, 1941).

managing editor Al Holland (Ralph Bellamy) chews out his reporters because they can't get the dirt on a candidate for govenor in Forbidden (Columbia Pictures, 1932). Lulu Smith, the advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist
"Mary Sunshine" (Barbara Stanwyck), watches in fear, since she is the politician's secret lover and mother of his adopted child.

 

THE PUBLISHERS AND MEDIA TYCOONS

Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) is as brutal a media tycoon as ever put on film in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia Pictures, 1939).

Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) tries to persuade New Bulletin publisher D.B. Norton (Edward Arnold) of the value of the fake John Doe as a legitimate story, but skeptical editor Henry Connell (James Gleason) doesn't like the entire scheme in Meet John Doe (Frank Capra Productions, 1941).

Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury), head of the powerful Thorndyke Press, and Spike McManus (Van Johnson), a cynical columnist, team up with a political adviser (Adolphe Menjou) to figure out how to take over the White House in State of the Union (Universal, 1948).