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Star Reporter


Taken from IMDB: John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting politicians out of town. District Attorney William Burnette (Wallis Clark), father of Barbara Burnette (Marsha Hunt) who John loves, learns that John's father (unknown to John) is a criminal they are seeking. He refuses to prosecute him and John, not knowing the real reason, turns against Burnette and tries to run him out of office.

Star Reporter is a 1939 American film directed by Howard Bretherton.


Star Reporter, John Randolph (Warren Hull), with his fiancée, Barbara Burnette, (Marsha Hunt (actress)), 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’s 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 (actress) as Barbara Burnette
  • Wallis Clark as District Attorney William Burnette
  • Clay Clement as Whittaker
  • Morgan Wallace as Joe Draper, aka Charles Benton
  • Virginia Howell as Mrs. Julia Randolph
  • Paul Fix as Clipper
  • Joseph Crehan as Gordon, Newspaper Editor
  • Eddie Kane as Sam Grey
  • William Ruhl as Police Investigator Lane
  • Effie Anderson as Molly, D.A.'s Secretary
  • Lester Dorr as Reporter Wilkins
  • Monte Collins as Reporter Hogan
  • Denis Tankard as Mason, Burnette's Butler

Category:1939 films
Category:American films
Category:1930s romantic drama films
Category:1930s crime films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Monogram Pictures films

E.B. Derr

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