Behind the News

Behind the News (1940)


  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1940-12-20
  • Runtime: 1h 15min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Republic Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Joseph Santley


As suggested by its title, Behind the News was a "stop the presses!" yarn set in a big-city newsroom. Lloyd Nolan is top-billed as a cynical reporter with a penchant for sticking his neck out too far. Frank Albertson costars as a cub reporter fresh out of journalism school, whose presence is resented by Nolan and his fellow workers. But it is Albertson who, after running afoul of the law, is instrumental in breaking up a ring of racketeers. Behind the News was remade by Republic as Headline Hunters (55).

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  • Lloyd Nolan

    as Stuart Woodrow
  • Frank Albertson

    as Jeff Flavin
  • Doris Davenport

    as Barbara Shaw
  • Robert Armstrong

    as Vic Archer
  • Charles Halton

    as Neil Saunders
  • Paul Harvey

    as D. A. Hardin S. Kelly
  • Harry Tyler

    as Monroe
  • Dick Elliott

    as Foster
  • Archie Twitchell

    as Reporter
  • Eddie Fetherston

    as Toots - Reporter
  • Eddie Conrad

    as Enrico
  • Frank Puglia

    as Tomas Almedo
  • Inez Palange

    as Almedo's Landlady
  • Charles Stevens

    as Carlos Marquez
  • Eddy Chandler

    as Thug
  • Elliott Sullivan

    as Thug
  • Veda Ann Borg

    as Newspaper Receptionist
  • Carol Adams

    as Radio Station Mail Clerk
  • Milton Parsons

    as Eddie, tall morgue attendant
  • Harry C. Bradley

    as Justice of the Peace
  • James Bush

    as Archer's Assistant
  • John Butler

    as Skeptical Newspaper Editor
  • Ricardo Lord Cezon

    as Buddy
  • Byron Foulger

    as John - Alcoholic Father
  • Tom Hanlon

    as Radio Announcer
  • Frank Jaquet

    as Newspaper Editor Fielding
  • Wilbur Mack

    as Skeptical Newspaper Editor
  • Frank Moran

    as Frank - Gym Attendant
  • Fred Santley

    as Reporter
  • Edwin Stanley

    as Judge #2
  • Herb Vigran

    as Reporter #1 on Phone
  • Emmett Vogan

    as Judge #1
  • Charles Smith

    as John Grant
Writing Boyce DeGaw Writer
Writing Isabel Dawn Writer
Directing Joseph Santley Director
Production Robert North Producer
Editing Ernest J. Nims Editor
Costume & Make-Up Adele Palmer Costume Design
Camera Jack A. Marta Director of Photography