White Lies (1935)

Genres - Crime  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Walter Connolly, Columbia's answer to Edward Arnold, is his usual bombastic self in White Lies. Connolly is cast as powerful publisher John Mitchell, whose pursuit of sensational headlines at the expense of all else takes a personal toll when his daughter Joan (Fay Wray) is implicated in a murder. Police officer Terry Condon (Victor Jory), in love with Joan, is nonetheless duty-bound to arrest her and treat her like any other murder suspect. Likewise, Mitchell is ruthless in his treatment of Joan in the press, despite his inner emotional turmoil. Fortunately, Condon, working "outside the law," is able to crack the murder case and pave the way for a tearful reconciliation between father and daughter. A bit too plot-heavy for 63 minutes, White Lies nonetheless moves at a fast and logical clip.

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arrest, daughter, embezzlement, investigation, killing, murder, newspaper, police, promotion, publisher, rescue, yellow-journalism