Newsies in the movies

April 16, 2004
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Here’s a fun exercise for a Friday: Favorite movie scenes featuring journalists.

The scene where the reporters all run into phonebooths and knock the phonebooths over has got to be up there (is that from “Airplane” or one of the Naked Gun movies?).

Just about all of “His Girl Friday” qualifies, but my favorite line has got to be, “Put Hitler on the funny pages!” And the look on Rosalind Russell’s face when she’s phoning in her big scoop about how Earl Williams escaped. “Shot him right in the classified ads.”

Ever notice that no matter how outrageous the press behaves in the movies, it’s never an exaggeration?

4 Responses to Newsies in the movies

  1. sid on April 16, 2004 at 12:26 pm

    Like how when you’re watching “The Paper” you spend all your time nodding your head in recognition?

  2. Wayne on April 16, 2004 at 11:43 pm

    The rush to the phonebooths was in “Airplane.”
    I like “His Girl Friday” even more than “The Front Page,” on which it was based.
    Am still trying to figure out why a big-time New York tab would have only one edition, as it seemed in “The Paper.” An awful lot of the movie rang true, though, including the pomposity.

  3. The Sanity Inspector on April 17, 2004 at 8:43 am

    _The Right Stuff_, as the pack of journalists swarms over the homes of the astronauts. To an undertrack of teletypes, no less.

  4. KP on April 17, 2004 at 1:39 pm

    “Superman” – who’s Clark Kent and who’s Lois Lane in YOUR newsroom? Talk about no-pressure deadlines and out-of-the-office liaisons…