Five Star Final (1931)

Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Main cast
Edward G. Robinson; Marian Marsh; H.B. Warner; Anthony Bushell; George E. Stone

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
An unscrupulous newspaper editor searches for headlines at any cost.


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