A Dispatch from Reuters

A Dispatch from Reuters

Edward G. Robinson
Director: William Dieterle Cast: Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
, Edna Best
Edna Best
, Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
William Dieterle

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As part of his new contract with Warner Bros., Edward G. Robinson agreed to appear in the gangster comedy Brother Orchid on the condition that the studio permit him to play the leading role in the lavish biopic A Dispatch from Reuters. Robinson is cast as Baron Paul Julius Reiter, who in 1833 inaugurates a "pigeon post" messenger service which is soon rendered obsolete by the invention of the telegraph. Eventually adapting to the new communications process, Reuters is able to extends his links to the major capitals of Europe, achieving success by scooping his competition with a transcription of a speech by Louis Napoleon. By 1858, Reuters has expanded his operation to the English-speaking countries, seriously over-extending himself financially. Ultimately, Reuters is rescued from bankruptcy in 1865 when he broadcasts on a worldwide basis the news of President Lincoln's assassination-even before the American ambassador in England has been informed of the tragedy. Throughout the highs and lows of his career, Reuters is encouraged by his loyal and loving wife Ida (Edna Best), who continually reminds him that he is a communicator and not a grandstander. Though not as entertaining and satisfying as Robinson's previous biographical film Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, A Dispatch from Reuters' benefits immeasurably from the almost terrifying expertise of the Warners production staff and its stellar supporting cast (Eddie Albert, Gene Lockhart, Nigel Bruce, Otto Kruger et. al.)

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2016
UPC: 0888574406271
Original Release: 1940
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 37,227

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Julius Reuter
Edna Best Ida Magnus
Eddie Albert Max Wagner
Albert Basserman Franz Geller
Gene Lockhart Bauer
Otto Kruger Dr. Magnus
Nigel Bruce Sir Randolph Persham
Montagu Love Delane
James Stephenson Carew
Walter Kingsford Napoleon III
David Bruce Bruce
Dickie Moore Reuter as boy
Richard Nichols Herbert at age 5
Lumsden Hare Chairman
Hazel Boyne Companion
Henry Roquemore Otto
Hugh Sothern American Ambassador
David Cross Von Darnstadt
Joseph Stefani Assistant
Billy Dawson Max Wagner as a Boy
Norman Ainsley Newspaper Vendor
Mary Anderson Bit Girl
Egon Brecher Reingold
Alec Craig Geant
Cyril Delevanti Newspaper Vendor
Gilbert Emery Lord Palmerston
Lawrence Grant Member of Parliament
Bobby Hale News Vendor
Ernst Hausman Heinrich
Holmes Herbert Member of Parliament
Stuart Holmes Attendant
Kenneth Hunter Member of Parliment
Ellis Irving Speaker
Paul Irving Josephat Benfrey
Frank Jaquet Stein
Edward McWade Scientist
Leonard Mudie Member of Parliment
Pat O'Malley Laborer
Grace Stafford Young Woman
Theodore Von Eltz Actor
Robert Warwick Opposition Speaker
Paul Weigel Gauss
Wolfgang Zilzer Post Office Clerk

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Byron Haskin Special Effects
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Warren Low Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Wolfgang Wilhelm Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Dispatch from Reuters
1. Chapter 1 [:52]
2. Chapter 2 [1:36]
3. Chapter 3 [2:34]
4. Chapter 4 [1:11]
5. Chapter 5 [:35]
6. Chapter 6 [3:14]
7. Chapter 7 [1:58]
8. Chapter 8 [2:00]
9. Chapter 9 [3:42]
10. Chapter 10 [4:36]
11. Chapter 11 [4:10]
12. Chapter 12 [3:26]
13. Chapter 13 [4:19]
14. Chapter 14 [2:49]
15. Chapter 15 [4:52]
16. Chapter 16 [2:05]
17. Chapter 17 [2:23]
18. Chapter 18 [5:12]
19. Chapter 19 [3:36]
20. Chapter 20 [5:56]
21. Chapter 21 [3:31]
22. Chapter 22 [2:39]
23. Chapter 23 [3:47]
24. Chapter 24 [2:26]
25. Chapter 25 [4:25]
26. Chapter 26 [3:33]
27. Chapter 27 [1:29]
28. Chapter 28 [3:52]
29. Chapter 29 [2:03]
30. Chapter 30 [:40]

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