All Over the Town (1949)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire  |   Release Date - Mar 2, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Bruce Eder

Across his career, director (and ex-journalist) Samuel Fuller made a handful of movies and television shows concerning newspapers and their importance -- All Over The Town, despite being British in origin and subject, could have fit in neatly with any of Fuller's efforts in this area, except that the acting is better here. Director Derek Twist, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Gordon from a play by R. F. Delderfield, puts a lot of tension into the entire body of this comedy/drama which, in between some convincing romantic interplay between Norman Wooland and Darah Churchill, asks some very important questions about the meaning of freedom, and why the war just ended was fought. And the whole cast (including Cyril Cusack and a young Bryan Forbes) obviously invests a lot of themselves in the proceedings, which takes lots of twists and turns, some suspenseful and a few comical. Seen in the twenty-first century, a time that is supposed to be the twilight for newspapers as the world has known them for two centuries, the movie packs even more punch than it did following World War II, because so many of the points that it makes about truth and freedom are still being fought over 70 years later.