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Break the News (1938)

Two small-time song-and-dance men come up with what they believe is a surefire publicity stunt, guaranteed to keep their names in the public eye--one of them will "disappear" in what looks ... See full summary »

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

Paul Gury (novel) (as Loïc Le Gouriadec), René Clair | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Buchanan ... Teddy Enton
Maurice Chevalier ... François Verrier
June Knight ... Grace Gatwick
Marta Labarr ... Sonia
Gertrude Musgrove Gertrude Musgrove ... Helena
Garry Marsh ... The Producer
Wallace Douglas Wallace Douglas ... The Stage Manager
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... The Press Agent
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... The Property Man
Gibb McLaughlin ... The Superintendent
Robb Wilton Robb Wilton ... The Cab Driver
Felix Aylmer ... Sir George Bickory
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Sir Edward Phring
George Hayes ... Preident of the Tribunal
Guy Middleton ... Englishman
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Two small-time song-and-dance men come up with what they believe is a surefire publicity stunt, guaranteed to keep their names in the public eye--one of them will "disappear" in what looks like a murder, and the other will be convicted of the crime. Then the "dead man" will suddenly show up at his partner's murder trial. Unfortunately, things don't quite go as planned. For one thing, no one seems to much care that the "dead man" is missing, and for another thing he's mistaken for the leader of a Balkan revolutionary group and is kidnapped by the other side. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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taxi driver | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Spiel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial USA telecast Monday 5 February 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Round the Film Studios: No 1: Pinewood Part 1 (1937) See more »

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We're Old Buddies
Written by Van Phillips and Jack Buchanan
Sung by Jack Buchanan and Maurice Chevalier
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A Possible Remake
18 March 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

There is a later film, made in the 1960s, that starred Dick Van Dyke and James Garner, which has a similar plot. It's called "The Art of Love", and deals with Van Dyke, as a painter, who disappears, so that Garner can spread the word that he may be dead. Suddenly the works of the "mysterious missing" Van Dyke become valuable, and Garner moves to swankier rooms (with swankier clothes and cars). Van Dyke gets angry, waiting for him to be able to reappear, but Garner keeps putting off the date. So Van Dyke arranges a new set of clues to frame Garner for his murder, intending to reappear only when his former friend's head is on the guillotine. But on the appointed day...well you have to be there to see it.


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