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Basics Critics:68Viewers:70Rusty:77
Category: Crime, DramaNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Black-and-white, Crime Fiction, Melodrama, Media Satire, DramaNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 89 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Mervyn LeRoyScreenwriter: Robert LordMusic: Leo F. ForbsteinCinematography: Sol PolitoStars: Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H. B. Warner, Boris Karloff, Aline MacMahon, Ona Munson, George E. Stone, Oscar Apfel, David Torrence, Anthony BushellProducer: Hal B. WallisStudio: First NationalAward nominations: Academy Award for Best PictureAward details: (details at IMDb)

Five Star Final is a 1931 American film about crime and the excesses of tabloid journalism. The picture was written by Robert Lord and Byron Morgan from the play of the same name by Louis Weitzenkorn, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Edward G. Robinson, and featuring H. B. Warner, Marian Marsh, Oscar Apfel, Aline MacMahon, Frances Starr, Ona Munson, and Boris Karloff. The title refers to an era when competing newspapers published a series of editions during the day, in this case marking its final edition front page with five stars and the word "Final." "Five Star Final" is also a font similar to those often used in newspaper headlines. Warners remade the film in 1936 as Two Against the World, also known as One Fatal Hour, starring Humphrey Bogart in Robinson's part and set in a radio station instead of a newspaper. The film was nominated at the 5th Annual Academy Awards in 1931/1932 in the category of Outstanding Production, which later became known as the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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