This week’s films share a theme, a year of release and an inspiration. Tabloid journalism, 1952, and Sam Fuller.
Fuller worked as a New York copyboy from the age of 12 and a crime reporter from 17. By the nineteen thirties he was also writing screen plays and pulp novels. One of them ‘The Dark Page’ was filmed as 1952’s ‘Scandal Sheet’ by Noir specialist Phil Karlson. The same year Fuller, by now a successful low budget director of war movies sunk his own money into ‘Park Row’ a dramatisation of the birth of the New York Tabloid culture. This hands on approach was necessary after studios had looked at his script and suggested a musical version.
Given Fuller’s reputation for blunt almost luridly macho movie making this might seem incredibly incongruous but Park Row is in fact a very straight historical movie.
Fuller works in anecdotes handed down from…
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